The International Cricket Council plans to increase its revenue by having additional limited overs tournaments are in for a major jolt. The ‘Big Three’ – India, England and Australia – are on course to launch their own annual quadrangular Super Series with one more team.
The idea has been mooted at the latest meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the England and Wales Cricket Board when Sourav Ganguly along with BCCI secretary Jay Shah and treasure Arun Singh Dhumal had visited the Lord’s in London.
If all goes well, the Super Series can be launched as early as in 2021.
Ganguly has reportedly confirmed that the annual four-nation ODI Super Series can start from 2021. India would lock horns with England, Australia and one other top cricketing side in the coming year. The plan, mooted the BCCI and the ECB, is expected to get Cricket Australia’s backing.
The plan will effectively counter the International Cricket Council’s proposed flagship annual tournament from 2023 to 2031. The proposal has already been turned down by the BCCI, ECB and Cricket Australia.
“This (Super Series) is a bigger message to the ICC. If you don’t care for our interests, we are worthy of playing cricket among ourselves. The ICC runs on the money generated from these countries (India, England and Australia). Any major cricketing nation will be keen join forces with BCCI, ECB and Australia rather than staying with the ICC,” a former BCCI administrator told insidesport.co. “I had told you (insidesport.co) long back that if the ICC doesn’t understand our concern we (BCCI, ECB and CA) will tell them we don’t care for you. We don’t need you. That is happening now.”
The Super Series by itself be in violation of the ICC rule, which bars any of its member nations to host a multi-national international series with more than three teams.
The series will ensure a continuous year on year dose top class cricket for fans. Australia is hosting the ICC T20 World Cup next year. The 2021 will have the proposed Super Series and the ICC T20 World Cup in India. Year after that the Super Series will have its second edition, and then a year later India will be hosting the 2023 ICC World Cup, while the ECB will host the finals of the inaugural ICC Test championships.
Meanwhile, national daily Times of India has quoted Ganguly as saying that the Super Series is still at a proposal stage and “nothing is concrete as yet”.