Geoff Allardice, CEO of the International Cricket Council (ICC), said on Thursday that he had not received a message from Ramiz Raja, head of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) about the T20I series involving four countries, involving both India and Pakistan. . Raja had said on Tuesday that he would make a proposal to the ICC to hold a four-country T20I series each year, comprising both India and Pakistan. He expressed his view that he would like to see India, Pakistan, Australia and England compete in the T20I series every year.
The PCB chief also said that if this series does go ahead, the profit would be shared among all ICC members in percentage terms.
“We have not had any correspondence or communication with Ramiz Raja about any of the ideas. Until we get more details about what he thinks, it is difficult to comment. At this stage, we have not had any communication with Ramiz Raja about his idea” Allardice said during a virtual interaction with select media outlets on Thursday.
Allardice also said that managing the bio-secure bubble would be a real challenge during the upcoming U19 World Championship, adding that the bio-bubble in place would not be strict as the top cricket organization wants players to enjoy the experience of playing in a World Cup.
The U19 World Cup kicks off in Guyana, with host country West Indies taking on Australia in the tournament opener on Friday, and a simultaneous second match between Sri Lanka and Scotland will also take place in Georgetown.
“It’s a balance between the risk of contracting and passing on the virus versus the freedom that young people are looking for and letting them enjoy the experience of also participating in an Under-19 World Championship. I think that managing that environment in the coming weeks is likely to be the challenge and being able to respond to whatever is thrown at us,” Allardice said.
When asked about the bio-bubble for the World Cup, Allardice said: “We follow a similar model to the Men’s T20 World Cup in the way we handle the type of accommodation we use and the COVID-19 test frequency. We We’ve learned from the experience in the UAE and we’ve had other events that were multi-team competitions.”
“I think the majority of the team members from the participating countries have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The teams play their matches with a reasonable frequency. So you go to the cricket pitch, you play your match, you go back to the hotel accommodation, recover , and then a day or two later you’ll be back,” he added.
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