ICC chief says he can’t comment on PCB chair’s T20I proposal

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ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice would not be drawn on a proposal floated by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja regarding an annual quadrangular T20I tournament.

Raja suggested that a four-way T20I tournament between Pakistan, India, Australia and England could be a great way to cash in on the sport’s fiercest rivalries.

The PCB chairman also intimated that he was unhappy with the current model of revenue sharing from ICC events.

“My view is that a new structure based on pooling and sharing of income should be formed,” Raja told ESPNcricinfo.

“The idea is to register a company that works under the ICC and has a dedicated Chief Executive Officer regulating the entire financial model, with the income divided among all the members.

“There are numerous rivalries like Ashes, Pakistan-India rivalry so it can’t go wrong when four T20 sides come and play each other. We need to whet the fans’ appetite as they are getting fatigued, and we need to create something outside the FTP.

“I am not a big fan of bilateral T20 series as T20I cricket needs a new life amid the challenges around franchise cricket,” Raja added.

“Playing five bilateral T20Is is tedious, but if three or four nations play each other rather than bilateral series, that has a massive potential in terms of generating revenue.

“It’s not like we need to create a parallel body like the Big Four, but it’s about generating interest and the income can go to the other boards too.”

Allardice would not comment on the idea, when pressed by reporters, saying he had received no official correspondence from the former Pakistan skipper.

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“We have not had any correspondence or communication with Ramiz Raja regarding any of the ideas. Till we get more detail on what he is thinking, it is hard to comment. At this stage, we have had no communication with Ramiz Raja regarding his idea.” said Allardice.

Pakistan and India have not maintained regular bilateral relations for much of the 21st century so far with the political situation between the two nations tense, to say the least.