Melbourne: ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat today presented the ICC ODI Shield to Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland in recognition of the team being ranked number one in the 50-over World Cup. Sutherland also received the prize-money cheque of USD 175,000 from Tim Sullivan, Managing Director Australia NZ for Reliance Globalcom.
"In the past 20 years the Australian team has maintained an amazing grip on the Reliance ICC ODI Shield. They have simply dominated the 50 over format and show no signs of relinquishing their crown. This is the third successive year that Australia has been the top ODI side and indeed their dominance stretches back to 2002. Only in 2008 and 2009, when South Africa pushed them into second place, has Australia not been the number one side at the April 1 cut-off date," said Lorgat.
"The importance of the Reliance ICC ODI Shield should be celebrated as this is the ICC Cricket World Cup format. It is no coincidence that Australia won successive World Cups in 2003 and 2007 during a period when they virtually owned the Shield," said Lorgat.
Australia captain Michael Clarke, ahead of his team's departure for a One-Day International series in England, said his side continues to strive for improvement.
"We've been ranked number one in ODI cricket for some time now and have a well-balanced side that competes in any conditions. We are always looking to improve and we head to the UK tomorrow to take on England and Ireland in this form of the game. The series against England will be a great challenge for us, the number one ranked ODI team against the number one ranked Test team in English conditions," said Clarke.
Sutherland congratulated Clarke's team and siad,"In three years Australia and New Zealand will host the ICC Cricket World Cup and I'm delighted that it is in this form of the game Australia is again ranked number one in the world."
"Our research tell us that Australian fans love ODI cricket and we have some exciting, young talent that will ensure the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will inspire a generation of cricket fans across the world," said Sutherland.In the past 20 years, Australia has maintained an amazing grip on the ICC ODI Shield and show no signs of relinquishing their crown.