ACC Premier League 2014 April 30, 2014

Afghanistan begin as favourites

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Asian Cricket Council Premier League is set to commence from May 1 in Malaysia, with tournament favourites Afghanistan up against Hong Kong in the first match. The 50-over competition features six teams, of which Afghanistan, Hong Kong and UAE have ODI status. The week long competition comprises 15 matches, with all teams facing each other.

This edition of the tournament includes Nepal, who were impressive in the recently-concluded World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, winning two out of three qualifying matches. Shortly afterwards, Nepal's cricketers boycotted the national one-day tournament that was meant to be a selection trial for this competition, but called it off a week later.

Afghanistan enter the tournament as the team to beat. Although they had a poor outing in the World Twenty20 where they won just one match, they have the experience of playing against highly-ranked sides. They were impressive in this year's Asia Cup, which they were part of for the first time, and also toppled Bangladesh.

Hong Kong will enter the competition with the confidence of having beaten Bangladesh, in the last match they played in the World Twenty20. UAE gained ODI status after finishing in the top four in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand; they lost the finals of that tournament to Scotland.

The last edition of the Asian Cricket Council Premier League was in 2012. The title was shared by UAE and Nepal after a tie.

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  • ESPN on May 2, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    all the best to Oman team ! hope theys win it !

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    @Vikram_Maingi - As per world cup qualifiers Nepal might be weakest team but Nepal just won vs. UAE so I think you should rewind your comment.

  • Bishal on May 2, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    In recent WC qualifier Nepal lost it's status as better team to qualify for world cup because that was held in New Zeland and if you know about NZ then i dn't have to explain much about there's condition and Nepal's two main players were injurd i.e. Suwash and Paras, and last edition's winner were UAE and Nepal.

  • Android on May 1, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    we saw that Afghanistan won it's match with a big difference against Hong Kong,so nobody can claim that it's weak team it's the strongest team among the associate memberrs of ICC and don't forget that Afghan U19 players are those players who have beaten Australia U19s.

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    Nepal,Nepal, Nepal.Struggle,hard work, Team work etc are their main weapon to defeat any opposition team. Player's are always giving their best performance for win. So don't worry guys ACC Premier League 2014 trophy will definitely come to Nepal.

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    I hope Nepali Cricket Team getting better then last T20 World Cup because of three new players who was very good Allrounder M. Alam , R. Pradhan and Arif Seikh they are really confident to win this tournament 1day opening match Nepal won by 4 wickets (with 61 balls remaining) which is big win for Nepal the Team which had all ready ODI Status .

  • sanju on May 1, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    @vikram.........actually Nepal's performance was indeed a surprise in ICC world cup qualifier......It was a hiccup and Nepal will prove their strength through this tournament.

  • anzu on April 30, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    @vikram what do you mean by three country(afg hk and uae) will be playing with each other for 1st tim?? make me laugh......In ACC game afg, nep ,uae and hk always plays with each other in most of the final as it may be t20 or ODI. don't say anything that u don't know...plz...

  • Vikram on April 30, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Dear Rupesh Devkota: UAE played in 1996 World Cup, when Afghanistan was not even recognized as an Affiliate nation by ICC. Then UAE played in 2 Asia Cup tournaments in 2004 and 2008. So, as far as ODI match is concerned, all the three (Afghanistan, UAE and HongKong) will be playing against each other for the first time. Looking at Nepal's performance in ICC World Cup Qualifier, I am not expecting too many surprises from them.

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    In what sense Afg & others are favourite, afg. such worse performance in t20 and inexperience member.. Nepal seems clean favorite to it with such good t20 world cup & Mehoboob Alam & R.K Pradhan along with Arif Seikh ( youngstar allrounder who was impressive against India U23, Pakistan U23 in U23Asia Cup....

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