The ACC Elite League is the latest iteration of the former single division ACC Trophy of 1996 to 2006, which evolved into the two division ACC Trophy Elite and Challenge of 2008 to 2012 and which is now a three division Premier, Elite and Challenge League competition. The six teams gathering in Singapore are assured of tough competition in all of their five matches. Gone are the days when mere flair would prevail, the tight, focussed nature of our events which place a premium on skill, fitness and tactical awareness mean that over the course of the fifteen games of this ACC Elite League only the team which is superior in every aspect will win. The winning team in this event will be promoted to the ACC Premier League where the competition is even tougher and our ODI teams lie in wait. These countries, Afghanistan, Hong Kong, UAE as well as Nepal, have shown the others just below them that sustained effort over a number of years, properly planned and managed can lead to a presence on the global stage.
Given the context of our ACC events and the way they are set up in order to maximise teams’ potential to succeed in ICC events, this ACC Elite comes at the perfect time for Singapore. It is they, along with Malaysia and Oman who played in last month’s ACC Premier League, who will be hosting and competing in Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 4 two weeks from now, where a top two finish out of the six there will mean a chance to climb the ladder towards a place in World Cup 2019.
|Singapore, winners of the 2012 ACC Trophy Challenge|
It’s always a pleasure to witness cricket in Singapore. The facilities are excellent, there’s a sense of history as well as forward-thinking about the city state, the domestic cricket is ever-expanding and there is currently, a feeling that the national team is on the brink of making some significant progress. Singapore are strong contenders, and have been training with thought and effort. Kuwait are a team of immense talent, on their day capable of upsetting anybody and Saudi Arabia too are a team hungry to leverage their expanding range of players. Bhutan and Maldives cannot be underestimated, theirs has been a hard-fought climb to the upper reaches of ACC events and they will be keen to set up further development at home with good results in this ACC Premier League.
Every match matters, every tournament is important. The Asian Cricket Council with its Development Program, its Development Officers, its coaching programs, facilities support and technical input is geared solely for the purpose of elevating the standing of Asian cricket in the world. Given all its assets, Singapore has a strong foundation to succeed nevertheless our Development Program is one in which all are supported equally. We and the Singapore Cricket Association as the most competent of hosts have done what we can, the rest is up to the countries and players themselves in our calendar of vivid and significant competitions.
ACC Elite League Tournament Page
Filed June 5th, 2014