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 have beaten UAE, who recently earned the ODI status, to qualify for the Asia Cup. When a country doesn’t have an ODI status, the matches aren’t counted as official One-dayers.Also Read - IND vs ENG: Darren Gough Blames Virat Kohli & Co For Shopping Before 5th Test
”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 on Sunday. Also Read - T20 World Cup: Virat Kohli-Led Team India to Play Warm-up Games Against England, Australia in October
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. Also Read - Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma Are Like Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara: Ex-Pakistan Cricketer Salman Butt
Hong Kong has been clubbed with India and Pakistan in one group while another group comprises of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Hong Kong is scheduled to play Pakistan on September 16 followed by their match against India on September 18.