The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is a cricket organisation which was established in 1983, to promote and develop the sport of cricket in Asia. Subordinate to the International Cricket Council, the council is the continent's regional administrative body, and currently consists of 25 member associations. Shehreyar Khan is the current president of Asian Cricket Council.
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ACC was first headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the council was originally established as the Asian Cricket Conference in 1983, changing its name to the present in 1995. Until 2003, the headquarters of the council were rotated biennially amongst the presidents' and secretaries' home countries. The organisation's current president is Shahriyar khan, who is also the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.
The council runs a development program that supports coaching, umpiring and sports medicine programs in member countries, funded from television revenues collected during the officially sanctioned Asian Cricket Council tournaments including the Asia Cup, Asian Test Championship, ACC Trophy, and various other tournaments.
The council was formed in New Delhi, India, on 19 September 1983, with the original members being Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, and Sri Lanka. ACC member associations are divided into two categories: full and associate members of the ICC are accorded "Full Member Status", whilst affiliate members of the ICC and ICC non-members (Cambodia, Chinese Taipei, and Tajikistan, as of 2014) are accorded "Associate Member Status". Fiji, Japan, and Papua New Guinea were formerly members of the ACC, but joined the East Asia–Pacific regional council when it was established in 1996.
Status (Approval Date)
|1||India||BCCI||Full (31 May 1926)||1926||1983|
|2||Pakistan||PCB||Full (28 July 1952)||1952||1983|
|3||Sri Lanka||SLC||Full (21 July 1981)||1926||1983|
|4||Bangladesh||BCB||Full (26 June 2000)||2000||1983|
|5||Afghanistan||ACB||Full (22 June 2017)||2001||2003|
|1||Bahrain||Bahrain Cricket Association||Associate||2001||2003|
|2||Bhutan||Bhutan Cricket Council Board||Associate||2001||2001|
|3||China||Chinese Cricket Association||Associate||2004||2004|
|4||Hong Kong||Hong Kong Cricket Association||Associate (T20I status)||1969||1983|
|5||Iran||Cricket Federation for the Islamic Republic of Iran||Associate||2003||2003|
|6||Kuwait||Kuwait Cricket Association||Associate||2003||2005|
|7||Malaysia||Malaysian Cricket Association||Associate||1967||1983|
|8||Maldives||Cricket Control Board of Maldives||Associate||1998||1996|
|9||Myanmar||Myanmar Cricket Federation||Associate||2006||2005|
|10||Nepal||Cricket Association of Nepal||Associate (ODI status)||1996||1990|
|11||Oman||Oman Cricket Board||Associate (T20I status)||2000||2000|
|12||Qatar||Qatar Cricket Association||Associate||1999||2000|
|13||Saudi Arabia||Saudi Cricket Centre||Associate||2003||2003|
|14||Singapore||Singapore Cricket Association||Associate||1974||1983|
|15||Thailand||Thailand Cricket League||Associate||2005||1996|
|16||United Arab Emirates||United Arab Emirates Cricket Board||Associate (ODI status)||1990||1984|
|1||Cambodia||Cricket Association of Cambodia||n/a||n/a||2012|
|2||Chinese Taipei||Chinese Taipei Cricket Association||n/a||n/a||2012|
|3||Tajikistan||Tajikistan Cricket Federation||n/a||n/a||2012|
|1||Fiji||Fiji Cricket Association||Associate||1965||1996|
|2||Japan||Japan Cricket Association||Associate||1989||1996|
|3||Papua New Guinea||Papua New Guinea Cricket Board||Associate||1973||1996|
|1||Brunei||Brunei Darussalam National Cricket Association||n/a||2002-2015||1996|
|Shehreyar Khan||Pakistan||Pakistan Cricket||President|
|John Cribbin||Hong Kong||Hong Kong Cricket Association||Vice-President|
|Anurag Thakur||India||Board of Control for Cricket in India|
|Ravi Sehgal||Thailand||Cricket Association of Thailand|
|Mohan de Silva||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka Cricket|
|Shaharyar Khan||Pakistan||Pakistan Cricket Board|
|Nazmul Hasan||Bangladesh||Bangladesh Cricket Board|
|Mahmood Ghaznavi||Singapore||Singapore Cricket Association|
|Jigme N. Norbu||Bhutan||Bhutan Cricket Council Board|
|Haider Farman||Kuwait||Kuwait Cricket|
|Anurag Thakur||India||Board of Control for Cricket in India||Ex Officio; ACC Chief Executive|
|Ashley De Silva||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka Cricket||Ex Officio|
|Nizam Uddin Chowdhury||Bangladesh||Bangladesh Cricket Board||Ex Officio|
|Subhan Ahmad||Pakistan||Pakistan Cricket Board||Ex Officio|
2. Gamini Dissanayake (Sri Lanka) – 1985–87
3. Lt. Gen. GS Butt (Pakistan) – 1987
4. Lt. Gen. Zahid Ali Akhbar Khan (Pakistan) – 1988–98
5. Anisul Islam Mahmud (Bangladesh) – 1989–91
6. Abdulrahman Bukhatir (UAE) – 1991–93
7. Madhavrao Scindia (India) – 1993
8. IS Bindra (India) – 1993–97
9. Upali Dharmadasa (Sri Lanka) – 1997–98
10. Thilanga Sumathipala (Sri Lanka) – 1998–99
11. Mujibur Rahman (Pakistan) – 1999
12. Zafar Altaf (Pakistan) -1999
13. Lt. Gen. Tauqir Zia (Pakistan) – 2000–02
14. Mohammad Ali Asghar (Bangladesh) – 2002–04
15. Jagmohan Dalmiya (India) – 2004–05
16. Sharad Pawar (India) – 2006
17. Jayantha Dharmadasa (Sri Lanka) – 2006–07
18. Arjuna Ranatunga (Sri Lanka) – 2008
19. Dr. Nasim Ashraf (Pakistan) – 2008
20. Ijaz Butt (Pakistan) – 2008–10
21. Mustafa Kamal (Bangladesh) – 2010–12
22. N. Srinivasan (India) – 2012–14
23. Jayantha Dharmadasa (Sri Lanka) – 2014–2015
24. Thilanga Sumathipala (Sri Lanka) – 2015–2016
25. Shehreyar Khan (Pakistan) – 2016–Present
ACC Asia Cup is an international men's One Day International cricket tournament. It was established in 1983 when the Asian Cricket Council was founded as a measure to promote goodwill between Asian countries. It was originally scheduled to be held every two years.
After downsizing the Asian Cricket Council in 2015, it was announced by the ICC that Asia Cup events from 2016 will be played on a rotation basis between One Day International and Twenty20 International format, on the basis of format of upcoming world events. As a result, the 2016 event will be first event played in the T20I format and will function as a preparatory tournament ahead of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20.
The first ACC Asia Twenty20 was played in 2016. After downsizing the Asian Cricket Council in 2015, it was announced by the ICC that Asia Cup events from 2016 will be played on a rotation basis between One Day International and Twenty20 International format, on the basis of format of upcoming world events. As a result, the 2016 event will be first event played in the T20I format and will function as a preparatory tournament ahead of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20.
ACC Asian Test Championship was a professional Test cricket tournament contested between the Test playing nations of Asia: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It was held in 1998–99 when Pakistan won, and in 2001–02 with Sri Lanka as champions. It was originally planned that the tournament would be held every two years, alternatively with the Asia Cup.
India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka competed in the inaugural Asian Test Championship between February and March 1999. Bangladesh could not compete because the ICC had not granted them Test status.
The venues of the round robin matches were rotated between the three countries, with the final to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh as a neutral venue. Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by an innings and 175 runs in the final to become the first Asian Test Champions.
Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka competed in the second Asian Test Championship between August 2001 and March 2002. India pulled out of the tournament due to political tensions with Pakistan.The final was held at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan. Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 8 wickets to win the second Asian Test championship.
ACC Women's Asia Cup is an international One Day International cricket tournament contested by women's cricket teams from Asia. It has been played five times to date and India winning all tournament.
ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament, later known as the ACC Premier League is a First-class cricket tournament run by the Asian Cricket Council that is contested between its members nations. It was played three times between 2004 and 2007, and was then replaced by the ACC Twenty20 Cup.
ACC Trophy or Asian Cricket Council Trophy is a one-day cricket tournament organised by the Asian Cricket Council for the non-test nations in Asia. The last edition was held in UAE in 2012 as ACC changed tournament structure to three division instead of two.
ACC Premier League is a One Day cricket tournament run by the Asian Cricket Council that is contested between its members nations. It has evolved from the former ACC Trophy Elite cricket competition and involves three divisions; ACC Premier League, ACC Ellite League and ACC Challenge League. The first tournament was held in Malaysia in May 2014.
The team sport of Cricket became a medal sport at the 2010 Asian Games. The last time cricket featured in a major multi-sport event was at the 1998 Commonwealth Games held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The gold medal was won on that occasion by South Africa who defeated Australia by 4 wickets in the final with New Zealand winning the bronze medal.
At a general meeting of the Olympic Council of Asia held in Kuwait on 17 April 2007, it was announced that cricket would be included as a medal sport in the 2010 Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou. Matches would be played on a Twenty20, 20-overs per side format.
Afro-Asia Cup was a cricket competition played for the first time in 2005 and which is intended to run for at least three years. The idea was to raise money for the Asian Cricket Council and the African Cricket Association and the whole venture was given a massive boost when the ICC somewhat controversially, agreed to give the series of one-day matches full ODI status.
The inaugural competition was a series of three one day matches played between an Asian XI and an African XI. Controversially, the games have been awarded official One Day International status. The teams were selected by former Test match players rather than by national selectors.
ACC Asia XI was a team named for the 2005 World Cricket Tsunami Appeal, a one-off match designed to raise funds for charities following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and resulting tsunami. It also competes in a regular Afro-Asia Cup against an Africa XI which was designed as a fund-raiser for the African Cricket Association and the Asian Cricket Council. The Afro-Asian Cup debuted in 2005 and the second tournament was played in 2007.