The International Cricket Council (ICC) has unanimously rejected the proposal of Ramiz Raja, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), who proposed a four-nation series including Australia, England, India, and Pakistan within the backyard.
Initially, the idea was triggered by Cricket Australia (CA) which offered a tri-nation series including India, Pakistan, within Australia. Ramiz adored the idea, however, wanted to make the series bigger hence, advised adding England, making it a quadrilateral series.
CA showed its interest entirely, however, the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and ICC were yet to respond. The global panel, including the BCCI, are clear there can be no such series amidst the busy international schedules.
BREAKING NEWS — The proposal of four nation tournament by Chairman PCB Ramiz Raja has been unanimously REJECTED by ICC members.
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) April 10, 2022
The initiative was taken in order to promote Pak vs Ind cricket despite the governmental and political issues between the arch-rivals. There has been no Pak vs Ind bilateral series since 2012 and they only see each other in ICC and ACC events as their last meeting was the T20 World Cup 2021 Super 12 stage match.
Despite the proposal rejection, Raja tweeted the discussion in regards was great and was welcomed by the panel. However, he will disclose more details in a short course.
Great discussion regarding 4 Nations series today at the ICC meet. As a concept it was welcomed and debated upon and seen as promoting the interest of the game. Fingers crossed ? More when I am back at the office tomorrow.
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) April 10, 2022