Will accept four-nation proposal with Sourav Ganguly at Asian Cricket Council meeting, PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja reveals

PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja has said he will discuss his proposal to launch a four-nation ODI tournament with his BCCI counterpart, Sourav Ganguly, at the Asian Cricket Council meeting in Dubai, scheduled for 19 March. Besides India and Pakistan, the other two teams will be Australia and England.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja said he would try to approach BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on the possibility of India and Pakistan resuming their cricketing relationship. With the chances of bilateral relations taking place anytime soon looking dim, Raja once again brought up the concept of a four-nation tournament he proposed a few months ago.

Raja’s comments likely stemmed from his belief that T20 leagues around the world are hampering international cricket, especially the bilateral and tri-series. His proposal for a four-nation tournament had so far drawn mixed reactions from cricket boards and their senior representatives, but Raja believes the popularity of India-Pakistan competitions is such that efforts need to be made. to ensure fans can see the mother of all battles.

“I will talk to Ganguly about a four-nation tournament. The future of cricket is in triangular and four-nation competitions. Twenty-twenty leagues are taking the eyes off bilateral cricket, the novelty factor of which is diminishing,” Raja said during a media interaction.

“I think it’s unfair to keep fans away from India-Pakistan competitions. India-Pakistan (T20 World Cup 2022) tickets were sold out in one day, we don’t have a political perspective on things and if another cricketer runs the BCCI, we should be accessible to each other since we don’t know the politics,” he added.

Raja’s concept of a four-nation tournament involving India, Pakistan, Australia and England did not go down well with BCCI secretary Jay Shah, who called it a ‘short-term business initiative’. However, he relied on a positive response from Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley. Raja will present the proposal at the ACC meeting in Dubai on March 19 and seek its approval.

“We need to look at the rules, but I think the four-nation tournament should have a separate CEO to run it and it should be held within a 15-day window each year. The idea is for each participant to host it. on a rotational basis per year and the revenue to be shared between the cricket boards. We don’t need third party interference,” Raja concluded.

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