A One Day International (ODI) is a form of 50 overs limited overs cricket, played between two teams with international status, in which each team faces a fixed number of overs, currently 50, with the game lasting up to 7 hours.[1][2] The Cricket World Cup, generally held every four years, is played in this format. One Day International matches are also called Limited Overs Internationals (LOI), although this generic term may also refer to Twenty20 International matches. They are major matches and considered the highest standard of List A, limited-overs competition.

ICC Men's ODI Team Rankings
Team Matches Points Rating
 India 42 5,117 122
 Australia 34 3,936 116
 South Africa 30 3,357 112
 Pakistan 26 2,762 106
 New Zealand 33 3,349 101
 England 28 2,672 95
 Sri Lanka 47 4,363 93
 Bangladesh 40 3,453 86
 Afghanistan 31 2,477 80
 West Indies 32 2,205 69
 Ireland 22 1,091 50
 Zimbabwe 25 1,181 49
 Scotland 25 1,207 48
 Netherlands 34 1,482 44
 Canada 9 320 36
 Namibia 20 711 36
   Nepal 35 1,095 31
 Oman 21 509 24
 United States 20 410 21
 United Arab Emirates 30 345 12
Reference: ICC ODI rankings, Last updated 2 May 2024
Matches is the number of matches played in the 12–24 months since the May before last, plus half the number in the 24 months before that. See points calculations for more details.

The international one-day game is a late-twentieth-century development. The first ODI was played on 5 January 1971 between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.[3] When the first three days of the third Test were washed out officials decided to abandon the match and, instead, play a one-off one day game consisting of 40 eight-ball overs per side. Australia won the game by 5 wickets. ODIs were played in white-coloured kits with a red-coloured ball.[4]

In the late 1970s, Kerry Packer established the rival World Series Cricket competition, and it introduced many of the features of One Day International cricket that are now commonplace, including coloured uniforms, matches played at night under floodlights with a white ball and dark sight screens, and, for television broadcasts, multiple camera angles, effects microphones to capture sounds from the players on the pitch, and on-screen graphics. The first of the matches with coloured uniforms was the WSC Australians in wattle gold versus WSC West Indians in coral pink, played at VFL Park in Melbourne on 17 January 1979. This led not only to Packer's Channel 9 getting the TV rights to cricket in Australia but also led to players worldwide being paid to play, and becoming international professionals, no longer needing jobs outside cricket. Matches played with coloured kits and a white ball became more commonplace over time, and the use of white flannels and a red ball in ODIs ended in 2001.

An ODI match at the MCG, being played under floodlights

The ICC, international cricket's governing body, maintains the ICC ODI Rankings for teams (see table on the right), batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders.


In the main the laws of cricket apply. However, in ODIs, each team bats for a fixed number of overs. In the early days of ODI cricket, the number of overs was generally 60 overs per side, and matches were also played with 40, 45 or 55 overs per side, but now it has been uniformly fixed at 50 overs.

Simply stated, the game works as follows:[5]

A One Day International match between India and Pakistan in Edgbaston

Where a number of overs are lost, for example, due to inclement weather conditions, then the total number of overs may be reduced. In the early days of ODI cricket, the team with the better run rate won (see Average Run Rate method), but this favoured the second team.[6] For the 1992 World Cup, an alternative method was used of simply omitting the first team's worst overs (see Most Productive Overs method) but that favoured the first team.[6][7] Since the late 1990s, the target or result has usually been determined by the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method (DLS, formerly known as the Duckworth–Lewis method),[6] which is a method with statistical approach. It takes into consideration the fact that the wickets in hand plays a crucial role in pacing the run-rate and that a team with more wickets in hand can play way more aggressively than the team with fewer wickets in hand. When insufficient overs are played (usually 20 overs) to apply the DLS, a match is declared no result. Important one-day matches particularly in the latter stages of major tournaments, may have two days set aside, such that a result can be achieved on the "reserve day" if the first day is washed out—either by playing a new game, or by resuming the match which was rain-interrupted.

Because the game uses a white ball instead of the red ball used in first-class cricket, the ball can become discolored and hard to see as the innings progresses, so the ICC has used various rules to help keep the ball playable. Most recently, ICC has made the use of two new balls (one from each end), the same strategy that was used in the 1992 and 1996 World Cups so that each ball is used for only 25 overs.[8] Previously, in October 2007, the ICC sanctioned that after the 34th over, the ball would be replaced with a cleaned previously used ball.[9] Before October 2007 (except 1992 and 1996 World Cups), only one ball would be used during an innings of an ODI and it was up to the umpire to decide whether to change the ball.[5]

Fielding restrictions and powerplays

Main article: Powerplay (cricket)

A limited number of fielders are allowed in the outfield during powerplays.

The bowling side is subjected to fielding restrictions during an ODI, in order to prevent teams from setting wholly defensive fields. Fielding restrictions dictate the maximum number of fielders allowed to be outside the thirty-yard circle.

Under current ODI rules, there are three levels of fielding restrictions:

The three powerplays are referenced by P1, P2 and P3 respectively, usually displayed near the score in modern scorecards.


Fielding restrictions were first introduced in the Australian 1980–81 season.[14] By 1992, only two fielders were allowed outside the circle in the first fifteen overs, then five fielders allowed outside the circle for the remaining overs.[15] This was shortened to ten overs in 2005, and two five-over powerplays were introduced, with the bowling team and batting team having discretion over the timing for one-one each. In 2008, the batting team was given discretion for the timing of one of the two powerplays. In 2011, the teams were restricted to completing the discretionary powerplays between the 16th and 40th overs; previously, the powerplays could take place at any time between the 11th and 50th overs. Finally, in 2012, the bowling powerplay was abandoned, and the number of fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle during non-powerplay overs was reduced from five to four.[5][16]

Trial regulations

The trial regulations also introduced a substitution rule that allowed the introduction of a replacement player at any stage in the match and until he was called up to play he assumed the role of 12th man. Teams nominated their replacement player, called a Supersub, before the toss. The Supersub could bat, bowl, field or keep wicket once a player was replaced; the replaced player took over the role of 12th man. Over the six months it was in operation, it became very clear that the Supersub was of far more benefit to the side that won the toss, unbalancing the game. Several international captains reached "gentleman's agreements" to discontinue this rule late in 2005. They continued to name Supersubs, as required but they did not field them by simply using them as a normal 12th man. On 15 February 2006, the ICC announced their intention to discontinue the Supersub rule on 21 March 2006. Two balls were trialed in ODI for two years but it was rejected.[17]

Teams with ODI status

The International Cricket Council (ICC) determines which teams have ODI status (meaning that any match played between two such teams under standard one-day rules is classified as an ODI).

Permanent ODI status

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The twelve Test-playing nations (which are also the twelve full members of the ICC) have permanent ODI status. The nations are listed below with the date of each nation's ODI debut after gaining full ODI status shown in brackets (Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Ireland, and Afghanistan were ICC associate members at the times of their ODI debuts):

  1.  Australia (5 January 1971)
  2.  England (5 January 1971)
  3.  New Zealand (11 February 1973)
  4.  Pakistan (11 February 1973)
  5.  West Indies (5 September 1973)
  6.  India (13 July 1974)
  7.  Sri Lanka (13 February 1982)
  8.  South Africa (10 November 1991)
  9.  Zimbabwe (25 October 1992)
  10.  Bangladesh (10 October 1997)
  11.  Afghanistan (5 December 2017)
  12.  Ireland (5 December 2017)

Temporary ODI status

Between 2005 and 2017, the ICC granted temporary ODI status to six other teams (known as Associate members). In 2017, this was changed to four teams, following the promotion of Afghanistan and Ireland to Test status (and permanent ODI status). The ICC had previously decided to limit ODI status to 16 teams.[18] Teams earn this temporary status for a period of four years based on their performance in the ICC World Cup Qualifier, which is the final event of the ICC World Cricket League. In 2019, ICC increased the number of teams holding Temporary ODI status to eight. The following eight teams currently have this status (the dates listed in brackets are of their first ODI match after gaining temporary ODI status):

Additionally, eight teams have previously held this temporary ODI status before either being promoted to Test Status or relegated after under-performing at the World Cup Qualifier:

The ICC occasionally granted associate members permanent ODI status without granting them full membership and Test status. This was originally introduced to allow the best associate members to gain regular experience in internationals before making the step up to full membership. First Bangladesh and then Kenya received this status. Bangladesh have since made the step up to Test status and full membership; but as a result of disputes and poor performances, Kenya's ODI status was reduced to temporary in 2005, meaning that it had to perform well at World Cup Qualifiers to keep ODI status. Kenya lost ODI status after finishing in fifth place at the 2014 Cricket World Cup Qualifier event.[19]

Special ODI status

The ICC can also grant special ODI status to all matches within certain high-profile tournaments, with the result being that the following countries have also participated in full ODIs, with some later gaining temporary or permanent ODI status also fitting into this category:

Finally, since 2005, three composite teams have played matches with full ODI status. These matches were:

2007 Afro-Asia Cup2005 Afro-Asia CupICC Super Series 2005World Cricket Tsunami Appeal1975 Cricket World Cup2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-off2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two2018 Cricket World Cup QualifierHong Kong cricket team against Papua New Guinea in Australia in 2014–152018 Asia Cup2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier2014 ACC Premier League2008 Asia Cup2004 Asia Cup2009 Cricket World Cup QualifierInternational cricket in 20062014 Cricket World Cup Qualifierwww.espncricinfo.com/..President's Cup 1997–98Sameer Cup 1996–971996 Cricket World Cup2026 Cricket World Cup Qualifier2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-off2014 Cricket World Cup QualifierInternational cricket in 20062003 Cricket World Cup1979 Cricket World Cup2026 Cricket World Cup Qualifier2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two2026 Cricket World Cup Qualifier2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two2004 ICC Champions Trophy2026 Cricket World Cup Qualifier2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two2003 Cricket World Cup2026 Cricket World Cup QualifierNepalese cricket team in the Netherlands in 20182026 Cricket World Cup QualifierNepalese cricket team in the Netherlands in 20182014 Cricket World Cup QualifierInternational cricket in 20062003 Cricket World Cup2002 ICC Champions Trophy1996 Cricket World Cup2026 Cricket World Cup Qualifier2014 Cricket World Cup Qualifier2008 Asia Cup2004 Asia Cup1996 Cricket World CupAustral-Asia Cup2026 Cricket World Cup QualifierPakistani cricket team in England in 20061999 Cricket World Cupwww.icc%2Dcricket.com/..2009 Cricket World Cup Qualifierwww.icc%2Dcricket.com/..English cricket team in Ireland in 2006President's Cup 1997-981997 Asia Cup1995 Asia Cup1990 Asia CupAustral-Asia Cup1988 Asia Cup1986 Asia Cup1992–93 Wills Trophy1992 Cricket World Cup1987 Cricket World Cup1983 Cricket World CupSouth African cricket team in India in 1991–92History of cricket in South Africa from 1970–71 to 1990English cricket team in Sri Lanka in 1981–821979 Cricket World Cup1975 Cricket World CupIndian cricket team in England in 1974sWest Indian cricket team in England in 1973Pakistani cricket team in New Zealand in 1972–73Pakistani cricket team in New Zealand in 1972–73English cricket team in Australia in 1970–71English cricket team in Australia in 1970–71List of African XI ODI cricketersList of Asian XI ODI cricketersWorld XI (cricket)East Africa cricket teamPapua New Guinea national cricket teamHong Kong national cricket teamBermuda national cricket teamKenya national cricket teamCanada national cricket teamOman national cricket teamUnited States national cricket teamNamibia national cricket teamNepal national cricket teamNetherlands national cricket teamUnited Arab Emirates national cricket teamScotland national cricket teamAfghanistan national cricket teamIreland cricket teamBangladesh national cricket teamZimbabwe national cricket teamSouth Africa national cricket teamSri Lanka national cricket teamIndia national cricket teamWest Indies cricket teamPakistan national cricket teamNew Zealand national cricket teamEngland cricket teamAustralia national cricket team

One Day records

See also: List of One Day International cricket records

See also


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