Published On: Wed, Feb 15th, 2023

BCCI Have Their Say About Ramiz Raja’s Proposal For India-Pakistan-England-Australia Series

Pakistan and India haven’t played bilateral cricket in almost a decade due to political tensions between the two countries, but the BCCI have finally spoken out after Ramiz Raja proposed a four-nation series.

According to recent events, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have taken a neutral stance on the multi-nation tournament proposed to the International Cricket Council by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja. Raja wants the two adjacent teams to encounter more frequently outside of Asia Cup and ICC games, given the tremendous demand and massive popularity of Indo-Pak battles.

As a result, he has been batting for India, Pakistan, England, and Australia in a four-nation tournament. At the International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executives Committee (CEC) meeting in Dubai on Friday, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) CEO Tom Harrison also suggested a similar competition (April 8). However, his perspective of the competition differs from Ramiz’s.

Meanwhile, according to Cricbuzz, the BCCI did not resist the concept and remained neutral on the subject. It should be mentioned that due to political tensions between the two countries, Pakistan and India haven’t played bilateral cricket in almost a decade. While Raja appears to be committed to improving bilateral cricket relations, the BCCI’s approach is one to be wary of.

Members of the Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee (F&CA) were among the dissenters, believing that too many multi-team competitions could diminish the appeal of other ICC events such as the World Cup and the Champions Trophy.

It’s worth noting that, with the exception of 2018 and 2020, an ICC tournament has been held every year since 2009. The T20 World Cup will be held later this year, while the ODI World Cup will be held next year, indicating that this tendency will continue. As a result, it is unclear whether the multi-team competition will receive ICC support.

Having said that, a couple of weeks ago, the PCB had estimated that the quadrangular T20I event could generate up to USD 650 million in income for the four countries and a fair chunk of this amount will go to the ICC.

Considering the fact that such a tournament would add a lot of financial value to global cricket and will be able to make the ICC explore more options for popularising cricket all over the world, there are still some chances that the globally governing body will give their consent.

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