ACC Twenty20 Cup
|Administrator||Asian Cricket Council|
|Tournament format||Round-robin and knockout (2007–2013)
|Number of teams||8 (2015)|
|Current champion||Oman (2nd title)|
|Most successful||Afghanistan (4 titles)|
|Qualification||ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier|
|2015 ACC Twenty20 Cup|
The ACC Twenty20 Cup is a 20-over cricket tournament organised by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). The tournament does not include the four ACC members who are full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka), instead featuring the best associate and affiliate members. Matches at the tournament are not accorded official Twenty20 status.
The inaugural ACC Twenty20 Cup in 2007 was jointly won by Afghanistan and Oman. From 2011, the tournament has been part of the qualification process for the ICC World Twenty20. The four top-ranked teams at the 2011 and 2013 tournaments qualified for the next World Twenty20 Qualifier. At the 2013 Qualifier (for the 2014 main tournament), the four ACC teams all gained Twenty20 International status and automatic qualification for the 2015 Qualifier (for the 2016 main tournament). Consequently, those teams were excluded from the 2015 ACC Twenty20 Cup, with only the winner (Oman) qualifying for the 2016 Qualifier.
2007 ACC Twenty20 Cup
The 2007 tournament took place from 27 October until 2 November in Kuwait. Ten teams participated in the tournament.
The final between Afghanistan and Oman was tied after 20 overs each. Tournament regulations stated that a Bowl-out was to be used in the event of a tie, but due to the poor condition of the pitch after the match, it was cancelled and the trophy shared.
2009 ACC Twenty20 Cup
A second tournament was held in November 2009, featuring all but the bottom two teams from the 2007 tournament. The cricket team from Afghanistan was the winner again. The top three teams from the 2009 tournament joined Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka for the cricket tournament at the 2010 Asian Games.
2011 ACC Twenty20 Cup
A third tournament was held in December 2011, featuring ten teams. The cricket team from Afghanistan was the winner for the third time. The top three teams from the 2011 tournament will head to the UAE to participate in the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier.
2013 ACC Twenty20 Cup
A fourth tournament was held between March 26- April 3 in Nepal, featuring ten teams. The cricket team from Afghanistan was the winner for the fourth time. Nepal, Hong Kong qualified for the 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in addition to Afghanistan as an ODI nation and UAE as hosts.
2015 ACC Twenty20 Cup
The 2015 edition of the tournament was held in the United Arab Emirates in early 2015. The tournament, won by Oman, served as a qualifying tournament for the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, to be held in Ireland and Scotland. Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates did not play in the tournament as their T20I status had already placed them in the 2015 World Twenty20 Qualifier.
|ACC Twenty20 Cup|
|Year||Host||Final venue||Champion||Runner-up||Third place||Fourth place|
|2007||Kuwait||KOC Cricket Ground,
|no runner up||Kuwait||UAE|
|2009||UAE||Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium,
|2011||Nepal||Tribhuvan University Ground,
|2013||Nepal||Tribhuvan University Ground,
|2015||UAE||no final played||Oman||Kuwait||Saudi Arabia||Singapore|
- 1st – Champions
- 2nd – Runners-up
- 3rd – Third place
- Q – Qualified
- * – Team was ineligible for tournament
- — Hosts
|United Arab Emirates||4th||2nd||5th||3rd||*||4|
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