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One Day Internationals (ODI) is a form of cricket between two teams with international status that is limited to 50 overs for each team. 

Once considered the shortest form of the game, ODIs have now been surpassed by T20 cricket as the quickest matches to complete, but 50 over cricket still holds a special place in the hearts of cricket fans.

One Day International History


The first ODI was played in 1971 between Australia and England at the MCG. The match came about because of the first three days of the third Test being washed out, with officials deciding to play a one-off 40 eight-ball overs per side match.

The ODI format really took off after Australian television magnate Kerry Packer established the World Series Cricket competition in the late 1970s, which was the precursor to the game we see today. 

Coloured uniforms, matches played at night under lights and a white ball was designed to make cricket more sexy. The broadcast of the game also included multiple camera angles, effects microphones and on-screen graphics. 

The main benefit to players was their ability become international professionals and get paid for playing cricket where previously many needed jobs outside cricket. 

The basic rules of cricket remain in One Day Internationals, but there are a few subtle differences. Due to each team batting and bowling for a maximum of 50 overs, each bowler is restricted a maximum of 10 overs.

There are also fielding restrictions designed to prevent teams setting ultra-defensive fields. Fielding restrictions are set by the maximum number of fieldsmen allowed to be outside a thirty-yard circle from the pitch.

There are different types of fielding restrictions in One Day International cricket which has changed throughout the years. The main purpose is to give batsmen more opportunities to attack which is seen as a major drawcard in the sport.

In the first 10 overs which is a mandatory powerplay, the fielding team can’t have more than two fielders outside the 30-yard circle. In the final 10 overs, a maximum of five fielders are allowed to be outside the 30-yard circle.

One Day International Teams


The 12 Test-playing nations have permanent ODI status including Australia, England, New Zealand, Pakistan, West Indies, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Ireland.

Four nations currently have temporary ODI status including Scotland, United Arab Emirates, Netherlands and Nepal. Nations outside temporary status are Kenya, Canada, Bermuda, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea.

Many One Day International cricket matches take place as stand-alone series between two nations, usually before or after a Test series. ODI series between three of four nations are also common.

The ICC introduced the ODI Championship in 2005, which is a ranking system with teams receiving points after each game based on a mathematical formula. 

ICC ODI Rankings as of 1 January 2020


Rank
Nation
Matches
Rating
1England54125
2India61121
3New Zealand43112
4Australia50111
5South Africa47110
6Pakistan5198
7Bangladesh4686
8Sri Lanka5681
9West Indies5780
10Afghanistan4357
             

One Day International FAQ

How long are One Day International matches?

ODI matches consist of two innings of 50 overs.
iI there are rain restrictions these over rates are reduced so both teams have an equal opportunity to win.

What countries play One Day International matches?

The 12 Test-playing nations have permanent ODI status including Australia, England, New Zealand, Pakistan, West Indies, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Ireland.
Four nations currently have temporary ODI status including Scotland, United Arab Emirates, Netherlands and Nepal. Nations outside temporary status are Kenya, Canada, Bermuda, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea.

Who won the last One Day International World Cup?

England is the current World Cup holder after their thrilling super over win against New Zealand back in 2019.

How to live stream One Day International matches?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how you can watch the important ODI matches from your phone, tablet or laptop.

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