Cricket - Featured - December 26, 2019

ICC to be sidestepped with ‘Super Series’?

The England and Wales Cricket Board has acknowledged discussions with the BCCI. BCCI approached ECB and Cricket Australia over a proposed four-nation series. The ‘Super Series’ is seen as an attempt to stop the ICC from hosting a major event each year. 

The annual event, as proposed by the BCCI will have the ‘Big 3’. That is India, England and Australia. There will also be a fourth team in the tournament. 

We meet regularly with other leaders from the major cricketing nations to share learnings and discuss topics that impact our sport,” the ECB said in a statement given to ESPNCricinfo.

A four-nation tournament was raised at a meeting with the BCCI in December and we are open to discussions with other ICC members to see if this concept can develop.”

ICC does not approve of such tournaments

ICC to be sidestepped with 'Super Series'?
The International Cricket Council (ICC)

The proposed event is to be hosted by the ‘Big 3’ on rotation basis from 2021. However, this has divided opinions as it is likely to raise revenue of the boards involved. On the contrary, the ICC does not approve tournaments involving more than three teams. Teams which aren’t part of ICC’s own multilateral roster aren’t allowed to involve in such tournaments. 

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has already spoken about the tournament. The ECB has also acknowledged the discussion which took place earlier this month. However, Cricket Australia is yet to comment about the tournament.

If the plan goes through, it will make the calendar more crowded. This is something which Australia head coach Justin Langer alluded to. 

It is. We all understand the schedule in world cricket is really tight, so I am sure there will be lots of negotiation and there are people, that’s their role to negotiate and get that right. But we all know it is a tight schedule,” Langer was quoted as saying in the Australia media.

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