The International Cricket Council has decided to adorn ODI status to all of Asia Cup 2018 matches.
The highest authority of cricket has come to the decision to concord One day international status to all group league matches of Hong Kong in the upcoming Asia Cup in United Arab Emirates.
Hong Kong is the sixth team to qualify for the Asia Cup 2018, scheduled to start on September 15. They will face subcontinent arch rivals India and Pakistan in the group stage.
Hong Kong took part in Asia Cup last time in 2008. Hong Kong is yet to gain ODI status although they have T20I status in their bag.
But according to the latest decision of ICC, Hong Kong’s matches against India and Pakistan in the group stage of the Asia Cup 2018 will go through the tagline of official ODI matches.
Aside from the 12 full-member nations, only four Associate members Nepal, Netherlands, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates have ODI status.
Hong Kong have previously featured in the Asia Cup twice and ended the tournament journey without a win on both occasions.
In 2004, they lost to Pakistan and Bangladesh and in the last time in 2008, was against India and Pakistan.
A senior BCCI official said on Sunday, “The ICC board has agreed to our request of according ODI status to both India vs Hong Kong and Pakistan vs Hong Kong games. If you remember during Women’s Asia Cup T20, India vs Thailand match was not counted as an official T20. But this time, there has been an exception.”
Earlier BCCI along with Asian Cricket Council (ACC) placed a request to International Cricket Council to accord ODI status to all the matches of Asia Cup 2018.
Hong Kong are scheduled to face Pakistan on September 16 followed by their match against India on September 18.