ICC Quarterly Meeting – Ramiz Raja’s Quadrangular T20 Tournament Idea Backed Ahead of Presentation

Ramiz Raja’s proposal for a quadrangular T20 event may have gained unspecific support ahead of his presentation of plans to the ICC board on Saturday.

Ramiz, the PCB chairman, will present an idea for an annual tournament involving Pakistan, India, Australia and England, but this one, he says, will create revenue for all members. Plans also call for the ICC to host the event.

Although this specific plan seems unlikely to materialize – at least not in its current wording which would require India and Pakistan to play regularly and exclude eight full members – it seems to have generated more support for the idea. that members can organize their own quadrangular tournaments.

Under the current ICC regulations on the sanctioning of events, any tournament involving “National Representative Teams of more than three National Cricket Federations” is considered an ICC event – meaning that it is managed by the ICC and sold commercially as an ICC event. , the proceeds of which are distributed among the members.

Although Ramiz’s plan is specifically that – that the ICC controls the event – Friday’s Chief Executives Committee (CEC) meeting in Dubai saw CEOs championing the idea of ​​members being able to hold their own events. quadrangular.

According to two officials familiar with the developments at the meeting, a number of councils backed the idea. This is by no means unanimous support, but it is believed that the cricket boards of England (ECB), Australia (CA), West Indies (CWI) and Pakistan (PCB) were in favour. An official said Tom Harrison, the CEO of the ECB, raised the idea during the meeting.

Harrison’s pitch is not believed to be specifically linked to Ramiz’s plans, but a PCB official called it “sort of a win for us” as it shows the idea of ​​a quadrangular tournament has captivated the audience. imaginative advice. It’s unclear what BCCI’s position at the CEC was, although it appears they weren’t in direct opposition: Sourav Ganguly, the president of BCCI, was in fact the first to propose such a Super Series. to four nations in December 2019.

The scope of the idea depends on the level of support within the CEC. It is believed that a clear majority should be in agreement, before submitting a proposal to the board and only once it is approved at board level, the regulations regarding the sanctioning of events can be changed .

The issue of quadrangular events would have come up at the Council meeting anyway as Ramiz was still going to give his presentation there. But this presentation can now turn into a larger discussion.

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