The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suffered a setback in its proposal to host a four-nation series every year. Soon after becoming the BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly proposed this series. It will include India, Australia, England, and one other top-flight nation. However, the project is still on hold as clearances from International Cricket Council (ICC), Cricket Australia (CA), and England Cricket Board (ECB) have not yet been received.
Sourav Ganguly has taken some major steps to improve the standards of the game of cricket in India after becoming the BCCI President. One of them is the four-nation series. BCCI looked keen to make it happen and also met with the officials of ECB and CA. But, the Indian Cricket Board still awaits their assent.
BCCI Will Have To Wait Further
Speaking to IANS, BCCI sources said, “We are looking at the 4-nation series and our officials have also had a word with the ECB officials in December as well as the Cricket Australia officials when they were here in January. But, there are certain reservations and issues that need sorting before we can go ahead and enter the next stage of planning. We may need to wait a little.”
BCCI had met with the ECB officials in the month of December. After the meeting, the ECB issued a statement which read, “We meet regularly with other leaders from the major cricketing nations to share learnings and discuss topics that impact our sport. 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.”
Cricket Australia’s chief executive, Kevin Roberts is in awe of Sourav Ganguly. He praised Ganguly and spoke about how he has looked to be innovative with his planning.
“I think it’s an example of the innovative thinking coming out of the BCCI with Sourav Ganguly as president,” Roberts had said. Roberts added, “In his very short time, only a couple of months, we have already seen India commit to and host a day-night Test in Kolkata, so a brilliant result there and now a suggestion around the Super Series, another potential innovation.”