Reports: PCB Proposes Annual T20I Tri-Series at ICC Meeting
"Logistics and ways of finding a short window for the Tri-Series will be worked out soon," a source said.
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ramiz Raja is expected to propose an annual tri-national T20I series featuring Australia and England at the forthcoming ICC meeting to be held during the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
"The Board is working on the plan and it is an alternative to the annual four-nation event proposed by Ramiz at the last ICC meeting which did not receive the necessary support from other members and has been shelved."
The Chairman of the Cricket Board had presented the plan for the Four Nations Series at the ICC meeting earlier this year but the idea received no positive response from BCCI and PCB has now dropped India from the plan and only Australia and England left over.
The Cricket board chairman is reportedly confident of getting the Tri-Series plan approved as he has good personal ties with BCCI boss Sourav Ganguly and other board chiefs.
It is also reported that the PCB chairman could use any request from India to widen the Indian Premier League (IPL) window to present his Tri-Series idea at the ICC meeting. Raja has a good relationship with BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, along with other board leaders, and he is confident that the tri-nation event will be held next year.
“The logistics and ways of finding a short window for the Tri-Series will be worked out soon and Ramiz believes this can be done on an annual basis. Ramiz has good personal relationships with BCCI CEO Sourav Ganguly and other chief executives and is quietly confident that the Tri-Series plan can be executed by next year," the source added.
Responses from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia when their officials were in Pakistan were positive after discussions with Raja. "Ramiz firmly believes that bilateral series in the new FTP (Future Tours Program) does not seem to have a bright future."