"We won't know the huge significance of this win for another 2.5 years, but I can tell you it's massive".

That tweet, half an hour after Ireland had defeated the world champions in Southampton on Tuesday night came from Cricket Ireland High Performance manager Richard Holdsworth, the man who has the almost impossible task of planning Ireland's match schedule post-Covid-19.

The England games were the first of eight three-match series in the World Cup Super League which the 12 Full Member nations plus Netherlands will play over the next two years. The top seven will join hosts India as automatic qualifiers for the 2023 World Cup finals, the last six in the table go into a qualifying tournament from which only the top two will make it to India.

Ireland had been due to play Bangladesh and New Zealand this summer before the pandemic struck and these matches will now have to be rearranged into a schedule which will see Ireland also play home series against South Africa and Zimbabwe and away to Afghanistan, West Indies and the Dutch, not to mention the T20 series, already postponed, away to Zimbabwe and home to Pakistan.

To get a win, worth 10 points, against the World champions has given Ireland the perfect start to the Super League and prompted Holdsworth's instant tweet.

"We have 24 matches, how many wins will the seventh place team need? It would be a serious ask for Ireland to do that, but every game is important whether it's England or Netherlands," said Holdsworth. "Each team is only playing eight others, which isn't ideal, but it will be all 12 next time (for a place in the 2027 World Cup) there are no dead rubbers and every ODI now has context

"But you don't want to be the team that finishes 13th not that we hope to be anywhere near that because that team has to finish higher than any other Associate in the World Cup qualifying tournament in order to be on the Future Tours Programme (FTP) next time around.

"It's absolutely crucial for the whole business, for everybody playing at every level, that gets funding and support from Cricket Ireland, for us being in that FTP, playing not 24 but 36 ODIs in three years following the 2023 World Cup.

"The money involved in that is enormous, from broadcast, sponsorship, gate receipts against the 12 best teams in the world. What is that worth? It is significant!

"With wins like this one, it is massive in terms of belief and experience, especially with so many young guys coming in."

Ireland's next series is due to be in India against Afghanistan in January but Holdsworth knows "we can't go to India without decent cricket before that, training and preparation outside, which can't be Ireland, and we need matches to go with that."

He is in almost daily contact with other countries trying to organise such a tour and the UAE in November is the likely destination and date, although he wouldn't reveal which country has "agreed in principle they would like some cricket".

Holdsworth added: "Everything is still Covid-dependent and there is still a bit of fear out there. Some teams still cannot travel outside their countries and at the moment you cannot play a bilateral ODI series outside the Super League, although that may change."

It's just another complication to get match action but for now, Ireland are in second place in the World Cup Super League.