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India – Pakistan to play outside world events ? PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja has a unique plan

By Alan

January 12, 2022

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja is going to propose a four nations T20I series comprising of India, Pakistan, England, and Australia to the cricket's governing body. The series will be played every year if approved and all boards agree. Raja also mentioned that if the series gets a nod, the profits would be shared with all the members of the apex body. According to Raja, the tournament can be hosted by the four nations on a rotational basis.

Pakistan has not played a bilateral series against India since 2013 when Pakistan travelled to India to play three ODIs and two T20Is. The T20I series ended in a draw, while Pakistan won the ODI series. India and Pakistan squared off in the 20-20 World Cup 2021 where Pakistan defeated their arch-rival by ten wickets for the very first time in a global event.

Pakistan is likely to host the 2023 Asia Cup and Men’s Champions Trophy in 2025. The country last hosted a multi-nation tournament in 2008 - Asia Cup 2008. But, following the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers during the 2009 tour, several countries decided not to play in Pakistan citing security reasons.

 Pakistan was also not able to host the scheduled matches during the 2011 50-over World Cup which was won by the Indian team. On January 11, Raja expressed his desire to host a four nations T20I series on Twitter.

“Hello fans.Will propose to the ICC a Four Nations T20i Super Series involving Pak Ind Aus Eng to be played every year,to be hosted on rotation basis by these four. A separate revenue model with profits to be shared on percentage basis with all ICC members, think we have a winner,” Raja wrote.

In September and October 2021, New Zealand was scheduled to play three ODIs and five T20Is in Pakistan. The team even travelled to Pakistan a few days before the start of the series. However, the Blackcaps refused to play on the morning of the first ODI due to security reasons and the players travelled back. England was also set to play two T20Is in Pakistan in October, but the team refused to travel citing a security threat.