The International Cricket Council (ICC) has awarded One-Day International (ODI) status to all the matches that will be played in the upcoming Asia Cup.
This means all the matches of Hong Kong, the only team in the tournament without ODI status, will be classified as One Day Internationals.
“To grant ODI status to all the matches in the Asia Cup is a positive step taken by the ICC board as we continue to take an in-depth look at international cricket structures in relation to our long-term ambition of growing the game and adding to the one billion fans who already follow the sport,” said ICC chief executive David Richardson.
“In order to simplify the situation, we will extend the ICC Cricket World Cup principle of all matches being ODIs to other tournaments where a number of teams have ODI status and some not, this included Asia Cup and ICC Cricket World Cup qualifiers.”
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Asian Cricket Council (ACC) had requested ICC to consider all the matches involving Hong Kong as official ODIs.
Hong Kong qualified for the Asia Cup by defeating UAE in the Qualifiers final in Kuala Lumpur. They will play their Group A matches against Pakistan on September 16 and India on September 18 respectively.
This 14th edition of Asia Cup will be held in UAE, which will be starting from September 15 and ending on September 28.