Asia Cup: India’s game against Hong Kong to get ODI status

Matches featuring teams without ODI status aren't counted as official ODIs.

Anshuman Rath, Hong Kong captain.   -  Special Arrangement

The ICC has decided to accord One-Day International status to India and Pakistan’s group league matches against Hong Kong in the upcoming Asia Cup, starting September 15, according to a BCCI official.

Hong Kong, an ICC associate member, is yet to get ODI status but has beaten Nepal, which recently earned the ODI status, to qualify for the Asia Cup.

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When a country doesn’t have ODI status, the matches aren’t counted as official one-dayers.

“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 wasn’t counted as an official T20. But this time, there’s been an exception,” a senior BCCI official told PTI today.

The BCCI along with Asian Cricket Council (ACC) had placed a request with the ICC board, the two matches involving Hong Kong should be considered as official ODIs.

Hong Kong has been clubbed with India and Pakistan in Group B, while Group A comprises of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Hong Kong is scheduled to play Pakistan on September 16 followed by its match against India on September 18.

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