The 2023 ACC Challenger Cup has begun. Also, the new tournament on the new structure of 50 overs from February 24th is exciting. As the days go by in the world of cricket, new tournaments are being launched almost every day. Cricket today is no longer confined to only Test cricket and ODI matches as it was in earlier days. Check ACC Challenger Cup 2023 Schedule, All Team Squads, and Format all you need to know.
And that may be why this Challenger Cup, which started in Bangkok has gained quite a popularity among the fans. Moreover, it is the lowest qualification ladder for cricketers who want to qualify for the Asia Cup. So it must be said that every player is playing this cup very seriously. Not only that if you are also a true cricket fan then keep reading the article to know all the details.
All You need to know about ACC Challenger Cup 2023
Anyway, let me inform you that 8 teams participated in the tournament. Not only that, we inform you that the host country of this tournament is Thailand. Similarly, the schedule of this tournament was announced on February 9 this year. However, for most of the teams, this game marks the first return to 50 over international cricket.
But this is not the first time, the previous Southeast Asian Games held in 2017 was also 50 over. But then others like Bahrain and Bhutan were relegated from the lower divisions of ICC World Cricket. As a result, no competitive games were played as one-day games.
On the other hand, let me inform you that the champions of this cup will qualify for the 2023 Asia Cup under only one condition. The stipulation is that the top three teams at the end of the tournament will qualify for the cup. Not only that they will earn a spot in the Emerging Team Asia Cup from this U-23 team.
Meanwhile, there are eight teams in this game format. And those eight teams are divided into two groups of four. Like other leagues, this league has chosen the round-robin format to compete. That is why Bahrain, Bhutan, Maldives, and Iran are facing each other in Group A.
Squads: (Group A)
Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, and Myanmar face off in a similarly tumultuous Group B. The top two teams that survive each group at the end of all games will advance to the crossover semi-finals. Similarly, this entire match is decisive in terms of qualification. This time the winners from the semi-finals will proceed to win the title after competing in the finals.
Haider Ali (C), Prashant Kurup, Sarfraz Ali, Imran Anwar, Sohail Ahmed, Ali Dawood, Ahmer Bin Nisar, Sathaiyah Veerapathiran, Junaid Aziz, Abdul Majid, Shahbaz Badar, Rizwan Butt, Abid Ullah, Zeeshan Abbas, Yasser Nazeer
Jigme Singye (C), Thinley Jamtsho, Manoj Adhikari, Suprit Pradhan, Tenzin Wangchuk, Ranjung Mikyo Dorji, Tenjin Ragbey, Namgay Thinley, Ngawang Thinley, Sonam Yeshey, Tashi Phuntsho, Tshering Penjor, Namgang Chojay, and Gakul Kumar Ghalley.
Adam Nasif (C), Ahmed Ameel, Mohamed Rishwan, Ali Shunan, Mohamed Mahafooz, Ismail Nazwan, Hassan Haziq, Leem Shafeeq, Hassan Ibrahim, Ibrahim Rizan, Ibrahim Nashath, Shius Fareed, Mohamed Azzam, Ismail Ali
Ali Mohammadipour, Emran Shahbakhsh, Yousef Shadzehisarjou, Abbas Ali Raeisi, Abdolvahab Ebrahimipour (c), Zahed Afarin, Arshad Mazarzei (Wk), Abdolkhalegh Ebrahimipour, Masood Jayezeh, Moein Khorsand, Nader Zahediafzal
Squads: (Group B)
Akshaykumar Yadav (C), Daniel Jacobs, Chanchai Pengkumta, Jandre Coetzee, Chaloemwong Chatpaisan, Narawit Nuntarach, Phiriyaphong Suanchuai, Robert Raina, Vichanath Singh, Sittipong Hongsi, Nopphon Senamontree, Sorawat Desungnoen, Mahsid Faheem, Naveed Pathan
Ferdinando Banunaek, Kadek Gamantika (c), Muhaddis Muhaddis, Padmakar Surve, Danilson Hawoe, Gede Arta, Gede Priandana, Ahmad Ramdoni (Wk), Ketut Edi Guna Artawan, Muhammad Afis, Rojerio Koda
Khin Aye, Ko Ko Lin Thu, Thura Aung, Aung Ko Ko, Paing Danu, Ye Naing Tun (Wk), Htet Lin Aung (c), Htet Lin Oo, Nyein Chan Soe, Sai Htet Wai, Swan Htet Ko Ko
Saad Khan, Waqar Ul Hassan, Zain-ul-Abidin, Abdul Waheed, Abdul Wahid, Mohammed Hisham Shaikh, Zuhair Muhammad, Haseeb Ghafoor (Wk), Atif-Ur-Rehman, Imran Yousaf, Ishtiaq Ahmad.
ACC Challenger Cup 2023 Schedule
Bahrain vs Bhutan, Thailand CG, Bangkok
Maldives vs Iran, AIT Ground, Bangkok
Saudi Arabia vs Indonesia, Thailand CG, Bangkok
Thailand vs Myanmar, AIT Ground, Bangkok
Bahrain vs Maldives, Thailand CG, Bangkok
Bhutan vs Iran, AIT Ground, Bangkok
Saudi Arabia vs Thailand, Thailand CG, Bangkok
Indonesia vs Myanmar, AIT Ground, Bangkok
Maldives vs Bhutan, Thailand CG, Bangkok
Iran vs Bahrain, AIT Ground, Bangkok
Thailand vs Indonesia, Terdthai CG, Bangkok
Saudi Arabia vs Myanmar, AIT Ground, Bangkok
Semi-Final 1, Terdthai CG; Semifinal 2, AIT Ground