USA team attains ODI status, makes history
The USA cricket team celebrates attaining ODI status in Namibia (Image: @usacricket)

The USA cricket team has made history by attaining official ODI status by the ICC, after defeating Hong Kong by 84 runs in the World Cricket League (WCL) Division 2.

This is the first that a team from the USA has been granted ODI status.

The historic moment came at Windhoek, Namibia on Wednesday where former West Indies opener Xavier Marshall scored 100 out of USA’s total of 280/8 in 50 overs. In reply, Hong Kong could only manage 196/7 with left-arm spinner Karima Gore taking 2/49.

This is USA’s third win in a row – they beat Namibia and Papua New Guinea – and helped them become an ODI team.

The previous time an American cricket team played ODI cricket was in 2004 at the ICC Champions Trophy in England where USA were beaten by Australia and New Zealand.

At the conclusion of WCL Division 2, the top four teams will join Scotland, UAE, Nepal and the Netherlands in having temporary ODI status. Apart from USA, Oman has secured ODI status which leaves Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Canada and Hong Kong to chase the remaining two slots.