Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja is set to propose a quadrilateral T20I series involving India, Pakistan, England and Australia, in a bid to save the India-Pakistan rivalry. India and Pakistan play in only ICC events in recent times and Raja is trying to ensure that both teams play each other more often.
As per reports in Code Sports Australia, the four-nation tournament will be played in T20I format with Ramiz Raja set to take up the agenda in the next ICC meeting.
Australia are set to visit Pakistan for three Tests, three one day internationals and one T20 international starting in early March. This is their first visit to Pakistan since 1998 and Raja is looking forward to discussing the issue in the ICC meeting.
Pakistan, Australia, England and India played against each other for the first time in 1985 in the Rothman’s Four-Nation Cup in Sharjah in 1985. Later they played again in Sharjah Cup in 1987 with Pakistan beating India in the final.
As time went on, Australia, Pakistan and India played against each other regularly throughout the 90s in Sharjah in the Singer World Series, Coca Cola Cup, Akai-Singer Champions Trophy and the Carlton & United Series.
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Pakistan recently beat India in the ICC T20 World Cup in Dubai which sparked debates of the resumption of the bilateral series. However, the Indian government is strict on not allowing the Indian team to play against Pakistan in any format at the moment.
Ramiz Raja Adamant On Resuming India-Pakistan Rivalry
Ramiz Raja in September last year said that the resumption of the Indo-Pak rivalry is “impossible right now” with the political tensions between both countries. However, he has been actively working behind the scenes behind resuming the greatest rivalry and the idea of the quadrilateral T20I series is another example of the same.
“Impossible right now…” Raja said when asked about the resumption of series between the two neighbouring countries. “…because the sporting model has been spoiled by politics and right now it is a status quo and we are not in a hurry on this issue because we have to focus on our domestic and local cricket,” he had said.