Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman, a couple of days ago proposed a four-nation annual series which would also include arch-rivals India and Pakistan. In a conversation with a leading publication, the former commentator elaborated that the project needs to have a separate Ltd. company at the ICC, which would have a dedicated staff and CEO to overlook the operations.
For the cricket-frenzy nations such as India, Pakistan, England, and Australia, finding a window for such a tournament would be a task in itself. However, the 59-year-old suggested that it would be terrible if a window cannot be created for a competition like this. “If you can’t find a window for this, then cricket is doomed, sorry,” he declared.
The major revenue generation nations of Cricket are India, England, and Australia and it is likely that Ramiz intends to include Australia and England along with the obvious teams of India and Pakistan. India and Pakistan series, which has always been a bonanza for the viewers and broadcasters have not been held due to political tensions between the two governments. The arch-rivals only meet each other in the ICC events.
When it comes to the revenue distribution model, the PCB chairman said that a new distribution model needs to be crafted which would help all the members of the ICC. “The financials/money can be divided in a staggered percentage way amongst the ICC Boards. For this we have to create an FTP window for it.” said Ramiz.
The PCB chairman said that he will propose the idea to the ICC by the end of this week. We googled about any previous four-nation series which have been held before and we couldn’t find one. While the revenue aspect may be lucrative, the tournament would require plenty of adjustments as there is already a dedicated window for the IPL when most of the International cricket does not take place. Then England has also started with their T20 series-like format which is The Hundred. There is already the Big Bash League and now Sri Lankans run their own Lanka Premiere League.