The 2018 edition of Asia Cup, slated to begin on September 15, will see qualifiers Hong Kong alongside India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.
Hong Kong won the Asia Cup qualifiers, beating UAE in the finals. However, they do not have ODI status and hence, ICC has accorded official ODI status to Hong Kong’s matches against India and Pakistan. When a country doesn't have an 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 said.
The BCCI along with the Asian Cricket Council had requested ICC to give official ODI status to the two matches involving Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is scheduled to play Pakistan on September 16 followed by their match against India on September 18.
(with PTI inputs)