The exciting ODI debuts of 23 cricket nations

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ODI debuts

Earlier this month Ireland nearly pulled off an upset win against Pakistan in their historic Test debut, a match-winning partnership by debutant Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam eventually saving Pakistan from an unforgettable defeat.

In the meantime, Afghanistan are preparing for their own debut in Tests, as they play India from the 14th -18th June.  Ireland and Afghanistan will be written in the record books as the 11th and 12th Test playing nations respectively.

As the world of cricket welcomes Test cricket’s newbies, Nepal will take its first steps in ODI cricket later this year. Nepal, who were recently granted ODI status, will play Netherlands in their ODI debut on the 1st of August.

If the question of how many countries have played ODI cricket arises, most cricket followers around the world would not answer, some might say almost all the associate nations have played ODIs. Right? Wrong! They play List A matches. So what are the countries who have actually played ODIs? – 23 teams have played ODI cricket to date and on the 1st of August Nepal will become the 24th team to play ODIs. This is because many of the Associate teams we have heard of do not have ODI status.

Nepal to make ODI debut against the Netherlands

Nepal will play their first two ODIs against Netherlands..

Here is a look back at the debuts of the 23 teams who have featured in ODI cricket so far.

ENG & AUS – ODI No.1 – 1971
The first ODI ever. The match was a 40-over game played at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket
Ground). MCG is also the ground in which the first ever Test match was played.

Result
Only ODI, England [Marylebone Cricket Club] tour of Australia at Melbourne, Jan 5 1971
England 190
Australia 191/5 (34.6/40 ov)
Australia won by 5 wickets (with 42 balls remaining)

PLAYER OF THE MATCH
John Edrich (England)


PAK & NZ – ODI No.5 – 1973

Result
Only ODI, Pakistan tour of New Zealand at Christchurch, Feb 11 1973
New Zealand 187
Pakistan 165 (33.3/40 ov)
New Zealand won by 22 runs

Batsmen of the Match
Mark Burgess (New Zealand) Sadiq Mohammad (Pakistan)
Bowlers of the Match
Dayle Hadlee (New Zealand) Sarfraz Nawaz (Pakistan)
Fielders of the Match
Asif Iqbal (Pakistan) Glenn Turner (New Zealand)


WIN – ODI No.8 (v ENG) – 1973
This was played as a 55-over match.

Result
1st ODI, West Indies tour of England at Leeds, Sep 5 1973
West Indies 181
England 182/9 (54.3/55 ov)
England won by 1 wicket (with 3 balls remaining)

PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Mike Denness (England)


IND – ODI No.12 (v ENG) – 1974

Result
1st ODI, India tour of England at Leeds, Jul 13 1974
India 265
England 266/6 (51.1/55 ov)
England won by 4 wickets (with 23 balls remaining)

PLAYER OF THE MATCH
John Edrich (England)


East Africa – ODI No.20 (v NZ) – 1975
East Africa (EA) was a cricket team representing Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. They have played only 3 ODIs, all in the 1975 World Cup. East Africa were an associate member of the ICC from 1966 to 1989. Their first ODI was against NZ, a 60-over game.

Result
2nd Match, Prudential World Cup at Birmingham, Jun 7 1975
New Zealand 309/5
East Africa 128/8 (60 ov)
New Zealand won by 181 runs

PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Glenn Turner (New Zealand)


SL – ODI No.22 (v WI) – 1975
Sri Lanka too played their debut ODI in the 1975 World Cup against the mighty West Indies. The Windies, who beat Sri Lanka easily in this match, went onto clinch the championship. Anura Tennakoon was the captain of Sri Lanka.

Result
4th Match, Prudential World Cup at Manchester, Jun 7 1975
Sri Lanka 86
West Indies 87/1 (20.4/60 ov)
West Indies won by 9 wickets (with 236 balls remaining)

PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Bernard Julien (West Indies)


CAN – ODI No.64 (v PAK) – 1979

Result
4th Match, Prudential World Cup at Leeds, Jun 9 1979
Canada 139/9
Pakistan 140/2 (40.1/60 ov)
Pakistan won by 8 wickets (with 119 balls remaining)

PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Sadiq Mohammad (Pakistan)


ZIM – ODI No.199 (v AUS) – 1983
Zimbabwe is the first team to win the first ODI.

Result
3rd Match, Prudential World Cup at Nottingham, Jun 9 1983
Zimbabwe 239/6
Australia 226/7 (60 ov)
Zimbabwe won by 13 runs

PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Duncan Fletcher (Zimbabwe)


BAN – ODI No.375 (v PAK) – 1986
Bangladesh is the first team in history to play the first ODI in Sri Lankan soil.

Result
2nd Match, John Player Gold Leaf Trophy (Asia Cup) at Moratuwa, Mar 31 1986
Bangladesh 94
Pakistan 98/3 (32.1/45 ov)
Pakistan won by 7 wickets (with 77 balls remaining)

PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Wasim Akram (Pakistan)


SA – ODI No.686 (v IND) – 1991

Result
1st ODI, South Africa tour of India at Kolkata, Nov 10 1991
South Africa 177/8
India 178/7 (40.4/47 ov, target 178)
India won by 3 wickets (with 38 balls remaining)

PLAYERS OF THE MATCH
Allan Donald (South Africa)
Sachin Tendulkar (India)


UAE – ODI No.904 (v IND) – 1994

Result
1st Match, Pepsi Austral-Asia Cup at Sharjah, Apr 13 1994
India 273/5
United Arab Emirates 202/9 (50 ov)
India won by 71 runs

PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Vinod Kambli (India)


NED – ODI No.1051 (v NZ) – 1996

Result
4th Match, Wills World Cup at Vadodara, Feb 17 1996
New Zealand 307/8
Netherlands 188/7 (50 ov)
New Zealand won by 119 runs

PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Craig Spearman (New Zealand)


KEN – ODI No.1052 (v IND) – 1996

Result
6th Match, Wills World Cup at Cuttack, Feb 18 1996
Kenya 199/6
India 203/3 (41.5/50 ov)
India won by 7 wickets (with 49 balls remaining)

PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Sachin Tendulkar (India)


SCO – ODI No.1446 (v AUS) – 1999

Result
4th Match, ICC World Cup at Worcester, May 16 1999
Scotland 181/7
Australia 182/4 (44.5/50 ov)
Australia won by 6 wickets (with 31 balls remaining)

PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Mark Waugh (Australia)


NAM – ODI No.1943 (v ZIM) – 2003

Result
2nd Match, ICC World Cup at Harare, Feb 10 2003
Zimbabwe 340/2
Namibia 104/5 (25.1 ov, target 191)
Zimbabwe won by 86 runs (D/L method)

PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Craig Wishart (Zimbabwe)


HK – ODI No.2143 (v BAN) – 2004

Result
1st Match, Asia Cup at Colombo, Jul 16 2004
Bangladesh 221/9
Hong Kong 105 (45.2/50 ov)
Bangladesh won by 116 runs

PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Javed Omar (Bangladesh)


USA – ODI No.2169 (v NZ) – 2004

Result
2nd Match, ICC Champions Trophy at London, Sep 10 2004
New Zealand 347/4
United States of America 137 (42.4/50 ov)
New Zealand won by 210 runs

PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Nathan Astle (New Zealand)


BER – ODI No.2375 (v CAN) – 2006

Result
2nd Match, ICC Tri-Series (in West Indies) at Port of Spain, May 17 2006
Canada 157/9
Bermuda 153/7 (42.3/44 ov, target 150)
Bermuda won by 3 wickets (with 9 balls remaining) (D/L method)

PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Dean Minors (Bermuda)


IRE – ODI No. 2383 (v ENG) – 2006

Result
Only ODI, England tour of Ireland at Belfast, Jun 13 2006
England 301/7
Ireland 263/9 (50 ov)
England won by 38 runs

PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Marcus Trescothick (England)


AFG – ODI No.2842 (v SCO) – 2009

Result
5th Place Play-off, ICC World Cup Qualifiers at Benoni, Apr 19 2009
Afghanistan 295/8
Scotland 206 (40/50 ov)
Afghanistan won by 89 runs

PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan)


PNG – ODI No.3541 (v HK) – 2014

Result
1st ODI, Papua New Guinea tour of Australia at Townsville, Nov 8 2014
Hong Kong 202
Papua New Guinea 203/6 (39/50 ov)
PNG won by 4 wickets