Ramiz to propose a four-nation T20I Super Series involving Pakistan

By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja wants a four-nationT20I Super Series involving Pakistan, India, Australia and England, an event out of the regular FTP.

“Hello fans. Will propose to the ICC a Four Nations T20I Super Series involving Pakistan, India, Australia and England to be played every year, to be hosted on rotation basis by these four. A separate revenue model with profits to be shared on percentage basis with all ICC members, think we have a winner,” Ramiz has tweeted on Tuesday.

Ramiz will give his proposal in the ICC Board meeting in March. Ramiz wants ICC to form a company with a dedicated Chief Executive who could handle the commercial model of the event and the revenue which will be generated through this series will be distributed among all the four nations. Ramiz feels that the event will have attractive elements like rivalry between Pakistan and India and the rivalry between the Ashes opponents Australia and England.

Ramiz, meanwhile, in an interview with Cricinfo said that his view is that a new structure based on pooling and sharing of income should be formed.

“The idea is to register a company that works under the ICC and has a dedicated Chief Executive Officer regulating the entire financial model, with the income divided among all the members. There are numerous rivalries like Ashes, Pakistan-India rivalry so it can’t go wrong when four T20 sides come and play each other. We need to whet the fans’ appetite as they are getting fatigued, and we need to create something outside the FTP,” he said.

“I am not a big fan of bilateral T20 series as T20I cricket needs a new life amid the challenges around franchise cricket. Playing five bilateral T20Is is tedious, but if three or four nations play each other rather than bilateral series, that has a massive potential in terms of generating revenue. It’s not like we need to create a parallel body like the Big Four, but it’s about generating interest and the income can go to the other boards too,” Ramiz said.

In 2019 the then newly-elected BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly had revealed the plans for a ‘Super Series’ with England and Australia. The proposed tournament , with a fourth team being a rotating participant, was originally scheduled to start from 2021.

“Look at the numbers from the T20 World Cup. When Pakistan plays India the world stops to watch and it’s a great spectacle. We have to see what fans want and we have do what is right. We have to talk about this and elaborate what we want to do. There is a potential discussion in the works that I want to table to the ICC and see how it goes,” Ramiz said.

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