Cricket Australia Open To 4-nation Cricket Tournament Proposal of Ramiz Raja
By CricShots - Mar 10, 2022 4:26 pm
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Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja had made a proposal for an annual four-nation tournament, involving India, Australia, and England, but it had received a cold response from the BCCI. He has earlier said that he would propose to the ICC an annual four-nation T20 event, involving Pakistan, arch-rivals India, Australia, and England, the revenue from which will be shared by all members of the world governing body.

Ramiz Raja

Ramiz’s proposal, which has been rejected by BCCI secretary Jay Shah, got a boost on Wednesday when Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive Nick Hockley said that Australia is open to hosting a Tri-Series with India and Pakistan. Talking to the reports in Rawalpindi, he said, “Personally you ask me, CA would definitely be very open to considering the proposal and hosting a Tri-Series with Pakistan, India, and Australia.”

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Nick Hockley pointed out that Australia had large communities from South Asia and sub-contingent and a series involving India and Pakistan would be a big draw for the game in Australia. India and Pakistan have only played each other in ICC and Asian Cricket Council (ACC) events since 2013 because of strained diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Nick Hockley
Cricket Australia chief, Nick Hockley

BCCI secretary Jay Shah had snubbed Ramiz’s proposal last month, insisting that the BCCI has plans to expand the sport globally and have it included in the Olympics and the proposal was a short-term commercial initiative.

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Hockely conceded that everyone wanted to see India and Pakistan play against each other anywhere in the world and they would also be playing in the T20 World Cup later this year in Australia. Hockley said, “It’s a contest that everyone wants to see in world cricket and if we can help support further opportunities we would love to do that.”