Ramiz Raja to pitch four-nation tournament including India and Pakistan at ICC meet

Pakistan’s cricket board chief Ramiz Raja has decided to present a proposal for a four-nation tournament involving India at the upcoming ICC board meeting in which BCCI will also participate.

But according to reports, it is unlikely that BCCI will play ball.

Under the current ICC rule, a member board can host a tri-nation tournament at most because only the global body has the right to host an event involving more than three countries.

But Ramiz’s “white paper” proposes that the ICC conduct the tournament annually with an estimated revenue of $ 750 million for the parent body from media rights and other commercial activities.

India has been named as one of the four participating sides in the proposal for the four-nation T20 Super League Series, which Ramiz plans to present at the ICC’s board meeting on April 10 in Dubai.

Australia and England are the other participating sides of the proposal, which, if passed, will see Asian neighbors compete at the highest level on an annual basis.

Event values, says the concept (white paper), will be decided among the four participants, where each participating site will host the tournament on a rotational basis with the ICC as its other global event running the tournament.

But it has been learned that BCCI is unlikely to give in.

“Our Futures Tours & Program (FTP) is packed. Also the fact that there are many factors and from now on there is no change in the policy to play them at ICC events. In addition, we do not think the ICC will be ready to organize a four-nation and Raja’s proposal will be rejected, “said a senior BCCI official.

India and Pakistan have only played against each other in ICC or ACC events since 2012 when the latest bilateral white ball series was held.

Recently, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah had stated in an interview with a foreign news agency that the board is currently more focused on fulfilling its bilateral commitments.

“The calendar is a shock-a-block and we also have to keep the physical and mental health of the players in mind with as much cricket being played,” the official said.

According to the proposal prepared by Ramiz, “the square series will be played on a single basis around September / October, which is a low cricket period due to the threshold of the cricket seasons in Australia, India and Pakistan, and the end of the cricket season in England.

“The proposal proposes a potential revenue of $ 750 million, which the PCB chief wants to be distributed among the participating nations and other ICC members through a distribution model,” a PCB source told PTI.

While Ramiz wants the ICC to be the organizer of such an event, PCB sources believe that it will in no way undermine the global events.

“It is not an attempt to undermine ICC Events or ICC Events Cycle. ICC tried the Super Series in 2005, so it is no harm to test water for another event,” the source said.

With PTI inputs

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