BCCI secretary Jay Shah gives his verdict on Ramiz Raja's 4-nation T20I series proposal involving India, Pakistan

Updated on Feb 07, 2022 04:09 PM IST
  • At the ICC board meeting in March, PCB chief Ramiz Raja is set to pitch an idea of an annual 4-nation T20I series involving India and Pakistan
BCCI secretary Jay Shah; PCB chief Ramiz Raja
BCCI secretary Jay Shah; PCB chief Ramiz Raja

BCCI secretary Jay Shah on Monday gave his verdict on PCB chairman Ramiz Raja's proposal for an annual four-nation T20I series involving India and Pakistan, along with England and Australia. He called it a "short-term commercial initiative".

Raja is set to present the proposal at the impeding ICC board meetings in March, with the argument that the bilateral series were financially draining.

"My view is that a new structure based on pooling and sharing of income should be formed," Ramiz had told ESPNcricinfo. "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."

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However, Shah seems more concerned with the expansion of the game to a more global level with the aim of seeing the sport at the Olympics.

"With the IPL window expanding and the ICC (global) events every year in the cycle, our primary responsibility is to safeguard bilateral cricket at home, with emphasis on test cricket," he told Reuters.

"I am also looking forward to seeing cricket at the Olympics, as that will help the game grow. Expansion of the sport is a challenge that our game faces and we must prioritise it over any short-term commercial initiative."

Having first proposed the idea on Twitter, Raja based his idea of a Super Series based on the Rugby union model where six top European nations play against each other annually.

"I am not a big fan of bilateral T20 series as T20I cricket needs a new life amid the challenges around franchise cricket," Ramiz had said. "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."

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