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ACC Premier Cup

ACC Men's Premier Cup
ACC Men's Premier Cup Trophy
AdministratorAsian Cricket Council (ACC)
Format50 overs, ODI, T20I
First edition2023 Nepal
Tournament formatGroup stage and knockout
Number of teams10
Current champion United Arab Emirates (1st title)
Most successful   Nepal
 United Arab Emirates (1 title each)
Most runsUnited Arab Emirates Muhammad Waseem (505)[1]
Most wicketsOman Bilal Khan (27)[2]
Websitehttps://asiancricket.org

The ACC Premier Cup, officially known as the ACC Men's Premier Cup is a men's limited-overs international cricket tournament organized by the Asian Cricket Council and contested in a league system by the associate members of ACC. It crowns the best associate team in Asia and also serves as the final qualification pathway towards the Asia Cup. It evolved from the former ACC Trophy Elite cricket competition.[3] The inaugural edition of the tournament took place in April and May, 2023 with Nepal as the host. Currently, It's the top tier tournament for associate teams in Asia.[4]

History

This is a cricket tournament evolved from the former ACC Trophy, contested in 50 overs format and also the ACC Twenty20 Cup in T20 format, both were organized by the Asian Cricket Council. ACC Trophy was replaced by ACC Premier League in 2014.

ACC Premier League was held in Malaysia between 1–7 May 2014. Afghanistan won the tournament. The top four teams, Afghanistan, UAE, Nepal and Oman qualified for the 2014 ACC Championship, which was cancelled. After first edition of the tournament in 2014 and ACC Twenty20 Cup in 2015, the ACC reformed the tournament structure into a regional, rather than divisional basis.

In 2023, ACC reinvented the tournament and divided the associate members in a two-tier league system. Premier Cup is the top tier tournament while Challenger Cup being the bottom tier.[5] It's played in both 50-overs and T20I format alternatively, serving as a single ultimate prize for associate teams in Asia. Additionally, the tournament resembles the format used in Asia Cup, as it serves as a qualification path for the same.

Tournaments

Year Format Host Nation Final Venue Final Teams
Winner Result Runner-up
2023
Details
50 overs, ODI    Nepal TU Cricket Ground, Kirtipur    Nepal
118/3 (30.3 overs)
Nepal won by 7 wickets
(scorecard)
 United Arab Emirates
117 (33.1 overs)
10
2024
Details
T20I  Oman Oman Cricket Academy Ground Turf 1, Muscat  United Arab Emirates
204/4 (20 overs)
United Arab Emirates won by 55 runs
(scorecard)
 Oman
149/9 (20 overs)
10

Performance by teams

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • GP – Group stage
  • Q – Qualified

An overview of the teams' performances in every ACC Premier Cup:

Host
Team
Nepal
2023
50 overs, ODI
(10)
Oman
2024
T20I
(10)
 Bahrain GP GP
 Cambodia GP
 Hong Kong GP 3rd
 Kuwait 4th GP
 Qatar GP GP
 Malaysia GP GP
   Nepal 1st 4th
 Oman 3rd 2nd
 Saudi Arabia GP GP
 Singapore GP
 United Arab Emirates 2nd 1st


Debutant teams

Year Teams
2023    Nepal,  United Arab Emirates,  Oman,  Hong Kong,  Kuwait,  Qatar,  Malaysia,  Singapore,  Saudi Arabia,  Bahrain
2024  Cambodia

See also

References

  1. ^ "Most runs combined format". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 April 2024.
  2. ^ "Most wickets combined format". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 April 2024.
  3. ^ "Acc Premier League: Start of a New Era".
  4. ^ Republica. "Second Edition of ACC Premier Cup T20 to be held in April". My Republica. Retrieved 2024-01-23.
  5. ^ "ACC releases calendar for next two years". ANI News. January 5, 2023. Retrieved January 23, 2024.


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