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Nepal, Afghanistan the favorites

Nepal & Afghanistan, the two favorites will open their campaign of ACC Twenty 20 Cup against Malaysia at Tribhuvan University and Hong Kong at Engineering Ground on December 3 according to fixtures announced by the Asian Cricket Council.

Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Oman, Kuwait and Maldives are placed on Group A, while Group B features the host country along with Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Bhutan and Saudi Arabia.

The tournament forms part of the qualifying process for ICC World Twenty20 2012 in Sri Lanka. The top three teams from this competition, in addition to Afghanistan who have pre-qualified, join the Associate teams with ODI in the 16-team ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier to be played in the UAE in early 2012.

The other regional teams in the qualifier will come from Europe (2), Africa (2), Americas (2) and East Asia – Pacific (1).