Ramiz Raja keen on four-nation series involving India & Pakistan, will propose it to ICC in the next meeting

It was in 2012/2013 that India and Pakistan played a bilateral series. The tensions at the border and the unwillingness of the governments meant that the two sides would only meet during ICC events. But now with Ramiz Raja at the helm of the Pakistan Cricket Board, the former commentator is leaving no stone unturned to revive cricket relations with India. News has emerged that the chairman of PCB will propose a quadrangular tournament to the ICC in the next meeting that will also involve India and Pakistan.

The tournament to be proposed has been contemplated in the T20 format. During Najeem Sethi’s tenure from 2017 to 2018, both boards were planning to have multiple bilateral series till the 2023 cycle. However, the plans have failed to owe to worsening political conditions. It has to be noted that the bilateral series between India and Pakistan is considered even bigger than the Ashes and brings in whooping television ratings and revenue. The series if accepted by the ICC will immensely help the Pakistan Cricket Board to revive its coffers.

Pakistan has seen some good positive changes after the arrival of Ramiz Raja. The team defeated India for the first time in the World Cup campaign in the 2021 T20 World Cup and almost reached the finals. They then thrashed the Bangladeshis in Bangladesh before defeating the West Indies at home. Pakistan then was awarded the 2023 Asia cup tournament and the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy.

The Pakistani fans are awaiting the tour of Australia and the likes of Warne and Vaughan have urged Cricket Australia to visit Pakistan for the game. The tour which is slated to start from the 3rd of March comprises of 3 test matches, 3 ODIs, and a single T20 match.

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