In a surprising turn of events at the Men’s ODI World Cup 2023, teams find themselves not only competing for the coveted trophy but also vying for a spot in the next edition of the Champions Trophy in 2025, set to be hosted in Pakistan. The qualification criteria have shifted, and now the top seven teams in the league phase, along with the host nation Pakistan, will secure a place in the eight-team ICC event.
The revelation of this new rule led to contrasting reactions from the England camp. While Captain Jos Buttler acknowledged the rule during the post-match presentation after their defeat to India, head coach Matthew Mott disclosed that the team learned about it just an hour and a half before. Mott, however, downplayed the impact, stating, “It’s not a big deal,” but acknowledged that it adds a significant focus for the team.
“It gives us a lot of focus that we need to make sure we can’t just turn up. We’ve got to turn up and play and win those games,” Mott emphasized, recognizing the challenge that lies ahead and the need for the team to regroup and deliver in the upcoming matches.
The rule’s unveiling occurred after Bangladesh’s loss to the Netherlands, prompting Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan to emphasize the importance of keeping it in mind for their remaining games. This development injects a renewed sense of motivation for teams like Bangladesh, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, and possibly Afghanistan, even if reaching the semi-finals seems out of reach.
Addressing speculation about disharmony within the England dressing room following a string of defeats, Mott dismissed the claims. Despite the team languishing at the bottom of the points table, Mott highlighted the tight-knit nature of the squad, citing moments of camaraderie in training sessions.
“I can only say from my opinion the group’s been incredibly strong in that part. If you see our training sessions, they’re full of fun. People are putting their arms around each other, trying to help them,” Mott affirmed, expressing pride in the team’s resilience during challenging times.
Responding to Eoin Morgan‘s remarks about potential disharmony, Mott clarified that there is no such issue within the team and expressed his intent to discuss the matter with Morgan, emphasizing their good relationship.
As the ODI World Cup drama unfolds, teams not only vie for immediate glory but also for the long-term opportunity to compete in the prestigious Champions Trophy 2025 Qualification on the cricketing horizon.