The United States on Wednesday (April 24) sealed one-day international status for the first time with a third straight victory at the World Cricket League Division Two event in Namibia.
The Americans, whose only previous experience of ODI cricket was at the 2004 Champions Trophy, thrashed Hong Kong by 84 runs to wrap up a top-four place in the six-team competition. There will be 20 ODI nations after the end of the tournament, with the top four sides to join Scotland, the United Arab Emirates, Nepal and the Netherlands in having temporary status. The United States will now be able to play 36 ODIs in the next two and a half years.
“Moving forward, playing competitive ODI cricket for the next two and a half years is another level, bringing the team to this will require more hard work,” said USA coach Pubudu Dassanayake.
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