All the Asia Cup matches awarded international status
The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Sunday that all the matches in the ACC Asia Cup 2018 have been awarded ODI status, which is scheduled to be held from September 15 to 28 in the UAE.
Hong Kong, who doesn't have gained ODI status, qualified as the sixth participant of the 14th Asia Cup. But two ODI status holders the UAE and Nepal failed to qualify and thus question arose about the status of the matches of Hong Kong with Pakistan and India, which will take place on September 16 and 18 respectively.
The CEO of the ICC David Richardson said: "To grant ODI status to all matches in the Asia Cup is a positive step taken by the ICC Board."
"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 added.
"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 clarified.
Earlier, ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 in Zimbabwe created much confusion, where some of the matches got international status and some other did not. The matches played among Windies, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe were treated as ODI matches while matches of other teams who partaken in qualifiers even though played with above three were titles as first class matches. Therefore, Hong Kong's inclusion in Asia Cup created some smog.
Hong Kong will get India and Pakistan in group-A, while Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will compete in group-B. The biggest cricket rivalry in Asia has been going to kick off on September 15.