Preview of the Asia Cup 2018

Hong Kong won the qualifying tournament, and will join the regular teams India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan in cricket’s Asia Cup 2018

The odd thing is that Hong Kong is not a regular ODI team now, as it had lost its status in April 2018. They qualified ahead of Nepal and UAE who do have ODI status. (That is why the Nepal v UAE match was the only official ODI among the qualifying matches). The other matches had only List A status.

It is understood that Hong Kong will get ODI status for the Asia Cup matches. This temporary membership has happened before for various teams in the World Cup and Asia Cup.

For more details see:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Day_International#Teams_with_ODI_status

For the Asia Cup matches, see:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Asia_Cup

International cricket at the lower levels-WCL Division 4 in 2018

As in most major sports, it is a long grind from the lower levels to the top levels. Afghanistan has made the transition from Division 5 to Test status in about a decade, so there is hope for others. Here is a summary of the Division 4 championships in 2018. Note that only matches in WCL 2 and above are given List A status.

In some cases, Wikipedia’s summaries are better than those of Cricinfo:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_ICC_World_Cricket_League_Division_Four

Although playoffs for 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th and 5th/6th were scheduled, they were cancelled due to rain and the rankings were determined by the league stages. These were the results:

Team[29]

Pld W L T NR Pts NRR Status
 Uganda 5 4 1 0 0 8 +1.175 Promoted to Division Three for 2018
 Denmark 5 3 2 0 0 6 +0.349
 Malaysia 5 3 2 0 0 6 +0.322 Remain in Division Four
 Jersey 5 2 3 0 0 4 +0.044
 Vanuatu 5 2 3 0 0 4 –0.677 Relegated to Division Five
 Bermuda 5 1 4 0 0 2 –1.065