CA open to hosting tri-series involving India, Pakistan and Australia

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Ramiz Raja’s idea to have a four-nation Twenty20 Super Series among India, Pakistan, England and Australia has received the backing of Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley albeit with a slight change.

Ahead of the second Test against Pakistan in Karachi, Hockley acknowledged that Australia will be keen to host a tri-series with India and Pakistan. “Personally, I really like the tri-series concept,” he started. “It’s worked well in the past. We’d be very open to hosting … matches. There are really big communities of both India and Pakistan living in Australia. It’s a contest that everyone wants to see in world cricket and if we can help support further opportunities we would love to do that.”

PCB chairman Raja had proposed the idea in January this year and had said the idea is not merely to hold a cricket tournament but to generate revenues that can be shared not only among the four boards but by the cricket boards affiliated to the International Cricket Council. “I am proposing a new Ltd company at the ICC to run the four-nation Super Series with a dedicated CEO. There has to be a new structure for the pooling and sharing of income,” he had said explaining the concept. “The financials/money can be divided in a staggered percentage way amongst the ICC Boards. For this, we have to create an FTP window for it.”