Message form the Chief Executive of the Asian Cricket Council

Tournament Page

The ACC Twenty20 Cup replaces the three-day ACC Premier League Tournament (formerly called the Fast Track Countries Tournament) which had been running for three years.

Twenty20 cricket is a stepping stone to international prominence. The Asian Games in 2010 will feature cricket for the first time, in a Twenty20 format. This is a major advance for cricket in Asia and opens up a whole new range of growth and commercial opportunities. We believe that success at this level will translate into success in the fifty-over game. These two formats are how our development-work will be measured. These two formats are what give the majority of our members a place on the international stage.

The ACC Twenty20 Cup of 2009 will be an Asian Games qualifier and all ten countries taking part in this inaugural event in Kuwait will want to finish in the top eight to put themselves in line for the Asian Games in 2010. We want to reach a level in ACC competition where every match matters; under our cumulative tournament rankings system, they do.

The Kuwait Cricket Association is to be congratulated on having the administrative skill to manage such a condensed, intense format between ten-nations. Kuwait as a newly emerging ICC Associate has achieved much in a short space of time and this tournament will give them further credibility as an international cricket venue.

Syed Ashraful Huq