Reports: BCCI stands neutral on four-nation tournament proposed by PCB

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As per the latest developments, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken a neutral stand on the multi-nation tournament, proposed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja to the International Cricket Council. With Indo-Pak clashes having such high demand and massive popularity, Raja wants the two neighbouring teams to meet more often apart from Asia Cup and ICC events.

Owing to the same, he has been batting for a four-nation tournament involving India, Pakistan, England, and Australia. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) CEO, Tom Harrison also suggested a similar competition at the Chief Executives Committee (CEC) meeting of the International Cricket Council (ICC) that took place in Dubai on Friday (April 8). However, his idea of the tournament is a bit different from that of Ramiz.

BCCI didn’t oppose PCB’s idea

Meanwhile, as per a report in Cricbuzz, BCCI didn’t oppose the idea and remained neutral on the matter. It must be noted that Pakistan and India haven’t played bilateral cricket since almost a decade amid the political tension between the two nations. While Raja is evidently determined to improve the cricketing relations between the two nations, BCCI’s approach is to watch out for.

Meanwhile, the dissenting voice was from the members of Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee (F&CA), who reckon that too many multi-team tournaments could dilute the value of other ICC tournaments like World Cup and Champions Trophy.

“The matter was discussed by the CEC and it was backed by quite a few boards, if not by the F&CA. The matter goes to board with two points of view,” a member of the Cricket Council, who was part of the CEC, told Cricbuzz.

It must be noted that except for 2018 and 2020, an ICC event has taken place every year since 2009. This trend is set to continue as the T20 World Cup is slated to take place later this year while the ODI World Cup will be played next year. Hence, it remains to be seen whether the multi-team tournament will get the backing from ICC or not.

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