BCCI’s plan of organising a multination cricket tournament has suffered a setback from the International Cricket Council. BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly’s has proposed the idea of 4-nation super series including India, Australia, England and one more team back in December 2019. ICC does not allow any multination tournament having four or more teams to be conducted by any cricketing board on personal basis. The respective cricket boards have to take permission from the ICC to organise and participate in such tournaments.
In the latest update regarding the tournament, A BCCI sources, speaking to IANS, said, “We are looking at the 4-nation series and our officials have also had a word with the ECB officials in December as well as the Cricket Australia officials when they were here in January. But, there are certain reservations and issues that need sorting before we can go ahead and enter the next stage of planning. We may need to wait a little,” confirming the delay in getting clearance from the officials.
BCCI had also talked with the ECB officials in December last year and after the meeting, the ECB also issued a statement which read, “We meet regularly with other leaders from the major cricketing nations to share learnings and discuss topics that impact our sport. A four-nation tournament was raised at a meeting with the BCCI in December and we are open to discussions with other ICC members to see if this concept can develop.”
Cricket Australia’s chief executive, Kevin Roberts is also keen on taking part in such events. He welcomed the radical changes Sourav Ganguly has brought to the BCCI with his innovative thinking and planning.
“I think it’s an example of the innovative thinking coming out of the BCCI with Sourav Ganguly as president,”
“In his very short time, only a couple of months, we have already seen India commit to and host a day-night Test in Kolkata, so a brilliant result there and now a suggestion around the Super Series, another potential innovation” Roberts said.