PCB chairman Ramiz Raja has proposed a four-nation T20I series including arch-rivals India and Pakistan, and Ashes rivals Australia and England.
Ramiz reflected that a new financial model on pooling and distribution of income should be devised that is more equitable and gives a higher chunk of profits.
“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,” Ramiz Raja said.
PCB chairman Ramiz opined that the world comes to a standstill to witness the enthralling contests between Pakistan and India which was witnessed in the last year’s T20 World Cup as well where records were broken in terms of viewership. Ramiz also discussed how the lukewarm political relations are impacting cricket ties between the neighbouring nations and he said we want to move forward.
“Look at the numbers from the T20 World Cup. When Pakistan plays India the world stops to watch and it’s a great spectacle. We have to see what fans want and we have to do what is right. We have to talk about this and elaborate on what we want to do. There is a potential discussion in the works that I want to table to the ICC and see how it goes.”
According to the PCB chairman, the quadrangular series could be a lucrative venture for the participating boards of India, Australia and England.
“Playing five bilateral T20Is is tedious, but if three or four nations play each other rather than bilateral series, that has 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,” he said.