Asian Cricket Council

Asian Cricket Council
Abbreviation ACC
Formation 13 September 1983 (1983-09-13)
Purpose Cricket administration
Headquarters Colombo, Sri Lanka
25 associations
Pakistan Shehreyar Khan
Parent organization

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.[1]

Map of the current Asian Cricket Council (ACC) members. Full members are coloured red, associate members are coloured orange, and affiliate members are coloured light blue. Asian members of the ICC not belonged to the ACC are coloured pink (EAP) and green (ECC)


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 Mustafa Kamal, who is the former president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board and now he is the vice-president of the International Cricket Council.

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 current ACC headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, which was officially opened on 20 August 2016.[2]


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".[3] 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.[4]

Current members of the Asian Cricket Council
Country Association ICC Membership
1  Afghanistan Afghanistan Cricket Board Associate (ODI status) 2001 2003
2  Bahrain Bahrain Cricket Association Affiliate 2001 2003
3  Bangladesh Bangladesh Cricket Board Full 2000 1983
4  Bhutan Bhutan Cricket Council Board Affiliate 2001 2001
5  Brunei Brunei Darussalam National Cricket Association n/a 2002-2015 1996
6  Cambodia Cricket Association of Cambodia n/a n/a 2012
7  China Chinese Cricket Association Affiliate 2004 2004
8  Hong Kong Hong Kong Cricket Association Associate (ODI status) 1969 1983
9  India Board of Control for Cricket in India Full 1926 1983
10  Iran Cricket Federation for the Islamic Republic of Iran Affiliate (Suspended) 2003 2003
11  Kuwait Kuwait Cricket Association Associate 2003 2005
12  Malaysia Malaysian Cricket Association Associate 1967 1983
13  Maldives Cricket Control Board of Maldives Affiliate 1998 1996
14  Myanmar Myanmar Cricket Federation Affiliate 2006 2005
15    Nepal Cricket Association of Nepal Associate (Suspended) 1996 1990
16  Oman Oman Cricket Board Associate (T20I status) 2000 2000
17  Pakistan Pakistan Cricket Board Full 1953 1983
18  Qatar Qatar Cricket Association Affiliate 1999 2000
19  Saudi Arabia Saudi Cricket Centre Associate 2003 2003
20  Singapore Singapore Cricket Association Associate 1974 1983
21  Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Cricket Full 1981 1983
22  Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Cricket Association n/a n/a 2012
23  Tajikistan Tajikistan Cricket Federation n/a n/a 2012
24  Thailand Thailand Cricket League Associate 2005 1996
25  United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Cricket Board Associate (ODI status) 1990 1984

Former members

Former members of the Asian Cricket Council
Country Association Membership
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

ACC Official

ACC Executive Board members

Name Nationality Board Post
Shehreyar Khan  Pakistan Pakistan Cricket President
John Cribbin  Hong Kong Hong Kong Cricket Association Vice-President
Shashank Manohar  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
KH Imran  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

ACC Development Committee

ACC Women's Committee

Development Team

Development Manager

Development Officers

Resource Staff (Umpiring)

Secretariat staff

Past presidents

1. N. K. P. Salve (India) – 1983–85[5]

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 Tournament

ACC Asian Test Championship

ACC Asian Test Championship is a professional Test cricket tournament contested between the Test playing nations of Asia: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It is not a regular event in the cricketing calendar and has so far been held only twice; 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.

Asia Cup

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.

The ACC has announced that the tournament will be held biennially from 2008 onwards. The ICC has ruled that all games played in the Asia Cup have official ODI status.

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.[6] 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.

Women's Asia Cup

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

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

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 Twenty20 Cup

ACC Twenty20 Cup is a Twenty20 cricket tournament held in Asia. The first tournament was jointly won by Afghanistan and Oman.

ACC Premier League

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.

ACC Championship

ACC Championship 2014 is first tournament of ACC Championship going to held in UAE on 7–14 December 2014. The top 4 teams from 2014 ACC Premier League will qualify for the Championship.

Asian Games

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

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.

Asia XI team

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.

See also


  1. "Shehreyar khan becomes President of Asian Cricket Council". Daily Pakistan. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  2. "ASIAN CRICKET COUNCIL TO BE SHIFTED TO COLOMBO". News Radio. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  3. Members – Asian Cricket Council. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  4. The Formation of the ACC – Asian Cricket Council. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  5. "NKP Salve, who brought '87 world cup to sub-continent, passes away in Delhi". India Today. 2 April 2012.
  6. "Asia Cup to continue under ICC". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 17 April 2015.

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