India, England and Australia might overturn the balance of the global cricket calendar. This could happen as they play an annual limited-overs tournament – the ‘Super Series’. One more nation shall also be a part of the tournament along with these three. The tournament will begin in 2021, as per BCCI president Sourav Ganguly.
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Ganguly is reported to have revealed that BCCI has been in discussion with ECB and Cricket Australia. The four-nation tournament shall be hosted on a rotation policy every year. However, this arrangement could run against ICC’s intentions. These have been agreed to in principle by the member nations earlier this year. The idea is to add an extra 50 over tournament to the ICC events cycle beginning in 2023. So, there is a global event providing revenue to member nations in each year of the cycle.
“Australia, England, India and another top team will feature in the Super Series, which begins in 2021, and the first edition of the tournament will be played in India,” Ganguly was quoted saying by Kolkata-based newspapers at an event. This was soon after he returned from a UK trip. He was accompanied by BCCI secretary Jay Shah as well as treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal. The visit was to meet the ECB officials.
The event includes windows for each of the three nations to host it. October/November for India, September for England and October/November or February/March for Australia.
‘Super Series’ plan by BCCI to affect member nations?
There have also been plenty of discussions lately about the future of the global game. CA chair Earl Eddings and chief executive Kevin Roberts recently hosted ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney for a meeting in Melbourne. This comes in addition to Ganguly’s visit to London as well. Eddings and Roberts are set to meet Ganguly and the BCCI during Australia’s tour of India in January.
A CA spokesperson refused to comment when asked about the BCCI’s plans. Eddings, however, has previously expressed reluctance to see the world’s major powers separate from the member nations. They largely depend upon ICC events for their financial health.
“I don’t think that did cricket any favours,” Eddings said of the Big Three plan. “I think there’s a balance, you find that balance between looking after your own backyard and understanding your responsibilities as a custodian of the global game, and I think that’s always a challenge.
“But certainly we walk into those conversations saying we need to look at bilateral cricket, but we also, as members of the ICC, have a responsibility and accountability to maximise it and make it work for everyone.”
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