Since Kenya and Bangladesh first gained ODI status in 1997, the ICC has given 14 associates this particular status. Five of those 14 have now lost ODI status (though 3 have a chance at gaining it back at the ongoing WCL2) and three have since been granted full membership of the ICC. But the fourteenth team on the list - the USA - could potentially have more impact than any of the others.

The USA secured their ODI status yesterday by beating Hong Kong at World Cricket League division 2 in Windhoek. They will play their first ODI since their infamous appearance in the 2004 Champions Trophy on Saturday in either the final or third place play-off, and are set to play 36 ODIs in two years from July 2019 as part of the catchily named ICC Cricket World Cup League 2.

So why could this particular team have a big impact on international cricket?

The ICC has long coveted the US market. The US national team has in the past been given wildcards into tournaments such as the 2004 Six Nations Challenge that saw them qualify for the aforementioned Champions Trophy and the qualifier for the 2010 World Twenty20. Various schemes have attempted to crack the US market such as Project USA and Cricket Holdings America to name just two.

All failed, largely due to the notoriously bad administration of the United States of America Cricket Association (USACA). After being suspended a number of times over the years since 2005, USACA were finally expelled from ICC membership in 2017. The ICC took over administration and in contrast to most other suspended/expelled members, the national team were allowed to continue playing in ICC sanctioned tournaments.

This extra support was not without its critics - and I count myself as one of them - but to the money men of the ICC, the USA presents an opportunity that the likes of Switzerland and Tonga could never do.

A new board was formed in 2017 - USA Cricket - and became an ICC member in January this year. They have been a refreshing change in US cricket - though a recent decision to restrict the access of respected ESPNCricinfo journalist Peter Della Penna was a move out of the USACA playbook - and have have made more effort to promote the US national team's matches in under 2 years than USACA ever did.

With the ICC closely involved, ODI status for the USA is likely to bring increased attention on the CWC League 2 tournament than it perhaps otherwise would have. Streaming for the USA's matches has been common place - all their matches at this tournament - plus three others - are being streamed, compared with none at this same tournament last year.

Since the ICC expanded T20I status to all members, the only non-ICC event to get any coverage through the ICC's web and social media channels was the USA's series against the United Arab Emirates last month. Basically - if the USA are involved, the ICC are interested. This is why it has the potential to change international cricket.

The CWC League 2 will take the form of several tri-series. If the USA are involved in one of them, it's likely to be live-streamed. Scotland, the UAE, Nepal, Oman and the two teams still to be confirmed are going to get more eyeballs on them than they probably would if another team had qualified instead of the Americans. If the USA reach the next World Cup Qualifier, it'll probably get more attention and more coverage than the last one did.

And if the USA were to just miss out on World Cup qualification, it is more likely to cause the ICC to review the number of teams in the competition than Scotland just missing out did last year. You may not like it, but international cricket is a business and the ICC consider the USA to be a great, largely untapped, market.

There are valid questions to be asked of the ICC when it comes to the USA - is there a genuine plan to develop grassroots cricket in the United States, or is it just an ex-pat cash grab, for example. There's still a "wild-west" element with claims of billionaire businessmen wanting to develop $500 million cricket stadiums in Dallas as a recent story in the Guardian revealed. People are right to be cynical.

The ICC may be paying closer attention to the USA due to non-sporting reasons, but the other associates can come along for the ride. They can capitalise on this increased attention and perhaps use that to get more attention for themselves. Maybe, just maybe, it'll lead to long hoped for goals of Olympic participation, a genuine 16 team T20 World Cup, and perhaps even a re-expanded World Cup. It may stink, but it could end up being good for the globalisation of cricket in the long term.