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ACC Trophy

ACC Trophy
AdministratorAsian Cricket Council
First edition1996
Latest edition2012
Most successful United Arab Emirates (5 titles)

The ACC Trophy was a limited-overs cricket tournament organised by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). Open only to associate and affiliate members of the International Cricket Council (ICC), it was contested biennially between 1996 and 2012, but was replaced by the three-division ACC Premier League in 2014 as the primary limited-overs competition for non-Test-playing ACC members. The tournament was discontinued for 9 years, and reinvented as ACC Premier Cup in 2023. The finalists of the 2000 and 2006 tournaments qualified for the Asia Cup, where matches had One Day International (ODI) status.

The inaugural edition of the tournament was played in Malaysia in 1996, and featured 12 teams in a single division. The single-division format continued until the 2006 tournament, which featured a record 17 teams. The ACC Trophy was then split into "Elite" (first-grade) and "Challenge" (second-grade) divisions, with the first editions held under this format being the 2008 ACC Trophy Elite and the 2009 ACC Trophy Challenge (the latter tournament was the only one to be held in an odd year). The two-division format continued until the final tournament in 2012, with promotion and relegation between divisions.

Only six teams – Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Maldives, Nepal, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates – competed in all nine editions of the ACC Trophy, although the Maldives and Singapore were relegated to the "Challenge" tournament at various stages after the introduction of two divisions. The UAE was by far the most successful ACC Trophy team, with five wins (and four consecutive victories from 2000 to 2006). Bangladesh won the first two tournaments, but were rendered ineligible after gaining Test status.

Previous finals

ACC Trophy
Tournament Final venue Scores Result
Kuala Lumpur  Bangladesh 212 in 49.3 overs (Shahriar Hossain 58; Saleem Raza 3-31)
 United Arab Emirates 104 in 36.5 overs (Arshad Laeeq 31*; Sheikh Salahuddin 3-13)
Bangladesh won by 108 runs
Kathmandu  Malaysia 83 in 37.2 overs (Rohan Selvaratnam 25; Aminul Islam 3-22)
 Bangladesh 85/2 in 21.1 overs (Shahriar Hossain 51; Matthew William 1-5)
Bangladesh won by 8 wickets
United Arab Emirates
Sharjah  Hong Kong 186 49.4 overs (Rahul Sharma 78; Asim Saeed 4-32)
 United Arab Emirates 191/7 in 44 overs (Mehmood Pir Baksh 56; Mohammad Zubair 4-30)
UAE won by 3 wickets
Singapore    Nepal 184 in 50 overs (Paresh Lohani 52; Arshad Ali 4-24)
 United Arab Emirates 185/4 in 38.3 overs (Khuram Khan 60*; Binod Das 2-27)
UAE won by 6 wickets
Kuala Lumpur  United Arab Emirates 253/7 in 50 overs (Syed Maqsood 67; Hemal Mehta 3-38)
 Oman 159 in 44 overs (Hemal Mehta 39; Ali Asad 4-38)
UAE won by 94 runs
Kuala Lumpur  Hong Kong 174/8 in 50 overs (Tim Smart 56; Arshad Ali 3-35)
 United Arab Emirates 175/5 in 35.3 overs (Khurram Khan 59*; Nadeem Ahmed 3-48)
UAE won by 5 wickets
ACC Trophy Elite
Tournament Final venue Scores Result
Kuala Lumpur  United Arab Emirates 243/7 in 50 overs (Saqib Ali 102; Najeeb Amar 4-61)
 Hong Kong 205/7 in 34.1 overs (Najeeb Amar 100; Shadeep Silva 3-39)
Hong Kong won by 3 wickets (D/L)
Kuwait City  Afghanistan 224 in 50 overs (Karim Sadiq 58; Binod Das 3-35)
   Nepal 129 in 40 overs (Sharad Vesawkar 35; Nowroz Mangal 2-9)
Afghanistan won by 95 runs
United Arab Emirates
Sharjah  United Arab Emirates 241/6 in 50 overs (Saqib Ali 101*; Shakti Gauchan 3-36)
   Nepal 241/9 in 50 overs (Subash Khakurel 55; Ahmed Raza 2-44)
Match tied. Nepal and UAE shared trophy.
ACC Trophy Challenge
Tournament Final venue Scores Result
Chiang Mai  Oman 322/9 in 50 overs (Adnan Ilyas 138; Lobzang Yonten 2-56)
 Bhutan 104 in 40 overs (Kumar Subba 40; Hemal Mehta 3-22)
Oman won by 213 runs
Bangkok[1]  Saudi Arabia 139 in 43.3 overs (Shoaib Ali 39; Ahmed Faiz 3-19)
 Maldives 140/9 in 41.4 overs (Abdulla Shahid 30; Shoaib Ali 5-25)
Maldives won by 1 wicket
Chiang Mai[2]  Singapore 214/8 in 50 overs (Chetan Suryawanshi 40; Qamar Saeed 3-27)
 Bahrain 190 in 45.4 overs (Sameer Yousuf 31; Amjad Mahboob 5-22)
Singapore won by 24 runs

ACC Trophy records

Team records

  • Highest total:  United Arab Emirates 510/6 (50 overs) v  Bhutan, 2010
  • Lowest total:  Myanmar 10 all out (12.1 overs) v    Nepal, 2006
  • Most wins: UAE 5, Nepal 2, Bangladesh 2, Hong Kong 1, Afghanistan 1

Individual records

Best Partnerships

Note: Records are incomplete.

  1. Sarfraz Ahmed & Fahad Suleiman for  Saudi Arabia v  Brunei 201*
  2. Rahul Sharma & Khalid Butt for  Hong Kong v  Singapore 181
  3. Muhammad Jahangir & Irfan Ahmed for  Qatar v  Thailand 174
  4. Nowroz Khan & Karim Sadiq for  Afghanistan v  Malaysia 171
  5. Chaminda Ruwan & Munish Arora for  Singapore v  Bahrain 170
  6. Omer Taj & Muhammad Jahangir for  Qatar v  Iran 174
  7. Muhammed Iqbal & Arshad Ali for  United Arab Emirates v  Brunei 166
  8. Rahul Sharma & Khalid Butt for  Hong Kong v  Myanmar 161
  9. Nadeem Babar & Hammad Saeed for * Saudi Arabia v  Brunei 158
  10. Arshad Ali & Saqib Ali for  United Arab Emirates v  Brunei 152

Participating teams

  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • SF – Semi-finalist
  • GS – Group stage
  • Q – Qualified
  •     — Hosts
Team Malaysia
United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
 Afghanistan 6th 3rd 3rd 1st 3rd 5
 Bahrain GS 6th 7th 10th 4
 Bangladesh 1st 1st 2
 Bhutan QF 13th 8th 10th 4
 Brunei GS 15th 2
 Fiji SF 1
 Hong Kong GS SF 2nd SF GS 2nd 1st 3rd 5th 9
 Iran GS 16th 2
 Japan GS GS GS 3
 Kuwait GS GS 3rd 9th 8th 7th 7th 7
 Malaysia GS 2nd SF SF QF 7th 6th 4th 4th 9
 Maldives GS GS GS GS GS 14th 8th 7
 Myanmar 17th 1
   Nepal GS GS SF 2nd 5th 4th 4th 2nd 1st 9
 Oman GS 2nd 11th 6th 6th 5
 Papua New Guinea SF GS 2
 Qatar GS 4th 8th 9th 4
 Saudi Arabia GS 10th 10th 9th 4
 Singapore GS GS GS GS GS 5th 5th 9th 8
 Thailand GS GS GS GS 12th 5
 United Arab Emirates 2nd SF 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 5th 1st 9
  • Note: the above table includes results in all top-flight ACC tournaments – the ACC Trophy from 1996 to 2006, and the ACC Trophy Elite from 2008 to 2012,
  • Teams in italics no longer compete in ACC Trophy/ACC Trophy Elite matches, either through having gained Test status ( Bangladesh and  Afghanistan), or through having moved to the ICC East Asia-Pacific region ( Fiji,  Japan, and  Papua New Guinea).

Champions and runners-up

Team Champions Runner Up
 United Arab Emirates 5 2
 Bangladesh 2 0
   Nepal 1 2
 Hong Kong 1 2
 Afghanistan 1 0
 Oman 0 1
 Malaysia 0 1

Notes: Bangladesh gained full Test status in 2000 and are no longer eligible to participate in the ACC Trophy.

See also


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