BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has announced that India, Australia, England and another top team will collide with each other in a 4-nation Super Series starting from 2021. This announcement came after BCCI, CA and ECB opposed ICC’s decision of having a global event once in every year from 2023 to 2031.
The first edition of this tournament will be played in India as it promises to entertain the fans. This is the first time in many years that 4 teams will lock horns with each other in a series. Earlier, the ICC did not allow the organization of tournaments which had more than 3 teams. Only the Asia Cup and ICC events were exceptions to it.
However, it seems like the top boards have now decided to go forward with their plan and the following 3 nations could join them as the 4th team.
1. New Zealand
The strongest candidate to join this Super Series is New Zealand. The Black Caps have been one of the most consistent units in multi-nation tournaments. They have not won a major event but they finished runners-up in the 2015 and 2019 World Cups.
Besides, they had also reached the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup. Hence, New Zealand have proven themselves as a top team in the cricket world. The Kiwis have always been the underdogs in the race to the top but Kane Williamson and co. have punched above their weight.
As the hosting rights of the tournament will rotate for every edition, the small grounds in New Zealand will produce some thrilling encounters as well. Thus, it would be a great decision to include New Zealand in the mix.
2. South Africa
Though the level of South African cricket has taken a dip in the last few years, the new South African team management is adamant to revive the team’s old glory. Although South Africa have been chokers in the ICC tournaments, the players can learn to play under pressure by taking part in the Super Series.
South Africa needs a good amount of exposure against the top teams to establish itself as a force in the world of cricket once again. The more their new players will play against the world-class teams, the more experience they will get.
Besides, it is not that South Africa are minnows. They have lost their touch in the Test cricket arena but they are still a force to reckon with in limited-overs cricket. In case they get an opportunity to play in the Super Series, that then their cricket team would rise to the helm soon.
While the aforementioned teams had their own different reasons to play in the Super Series, the organizers would try to include Pakistan in this tournament so as to boost its popularity. The Super Series will be held for the first time in 2021 thus, it will have to capture the audience’s attention first.
In the past, the fans have witnessed how the multi-nation tournaments failed to live up to the expectations and then the cricket boards decided to terminate them. Champions League T20 and the Afro-Asia Cup are the best examples of this case.
PCB has always expressed its readiness to play cricket against India and if they get the green light to play then, the organizers can focus the build on two major rivalries. India and Pakistan have been arch-rivals since decades while Australia and England have been each other’s nemesis because of Ashes. So, the best call would be to invited Pakistan to play Super Series.
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