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ICC awards Asia Cup ODI status

Last Updated: Monday, 10 September 2018 (17:10 IST)
Dubai:The (ICC) today confirmed that it has 
awarded to all matches in the upcoming Asia Cup, which will take place in 
and from September 15 to 28.
Chief Executive David Richardson said, "To grant ODI status to all 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.
 
"This decision was informed by our review of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 
earlier this year where there was a mix of games with and without international status 
which proved to be confusing for fans," he said.

 "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 the teams have ODI 
status and some not, this includes the Asia Cup and ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers,
Richardson said.
 
 "The fact that these events are open to teams beyond the existing 16 teams that 
currently have ODI status is important and, accordingly, ensuring all matches are granted 
ODI status is befitting of the events and just reward for the teams that have qualified, he 
said.
 
 "Of course all T20 matches between ICC Members now have T20I status and we are 
in the midst of reviewing the whole issue of ODI status, which review should be completed 
in the next few months," Richardson added.
 
Hong Kong are the only team in the tournament without ODI status and they will play 
first round matches against Pakistan and India on September 16 and 18 in Dubai. 
 
 Apart from Hong Kong, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will 
take part in the two-week event. These five sides will feature in the 10-team ICC Cricket 
World Cup 2019, which will take place in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14, 
2019, an ICC media statement on Sunday said.(UNI)
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