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Former Pakistan captain dismisses Sourav Ganguly’s ‘four-nation tournament’ as flop

Rashid Latif was unsure about Sourav Ganguly’s latest announcement

Former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif feels the four-nation tournament idea revealed by BCCI President Sourav Ganguly will “flop” like the “Big Three model”.

Rashid Latif
Rashid Latif isn’t sure of Sourav Ganguly’s new plan (Image credit: Indian Express)

Latif feels that this new tournament by India, Australia, and England will isolate other member nations.

“By playing such a series, these four countries want to isolate the other member nations, which is not good news. But I think this will be a flop idea like the Big Three model, which was introduced a few years back,” said the former keeper-batsman in a YouTube video (h/t India Today)

A few days ago, Ganguly had hinted towards a four-nation meet, involving cricket’s heavyweights and later confirmed that he had discussions with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia (CA) which materialised.

The BCCI president had also suggested that tournament would be played from 2021.

A waiting game for the nations

The ICC also has lined up several big competitions in the coming years in all three formats.

The ICC T20 World Cup Australia 2020, followed by the same tournament in India in 2021 and if the four-nation series materialises, it will be played after the tournament. In 2023, we will have the ODI World Cup and also the final of the Test Championship.

Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly is a former India captain (Image credit: AFP)

Former BCCI president N. Srinivasan proposed the big three model. England, India and Australia would have received the most benefits from this proposition.

The three boards were to receive the major chunk of the ICC’s revenue. While the other boards would get lesser amounts.

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The majority of the teams were not in favour of the model. And the ICC ended up rejecting the proposal.

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