Cricket Australia supports Sourav Ganguly’s ‘ODI Super Series’ idea

Since the appointment of the former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly as the president of BCCI, things have started to change with the blink of an eye. Virat Kohli and his men have already played their first-ever day-night Test and they are now likely to get an opportunity to play an ‘ODI Super Series’, which is an idea suggested by the BCCI president.

Ganguly has suggested to arrange a four-nation ‘ODI Super Series’ where India will lock horns with England, Australia and one other top team in 2021.

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia (CA) executive Kevin Roberts has termed Ganguly’s idea as innovative, but hasn’t yet given any commitment that they will play the series.

“I think it’s an example of the innovative thinking coming out of the BCCI with Sourav Ganguly as president, In his very short time, only a couple of months, we have already seen India commit to and host a day-night Test in Kolkata, so a brilliant result there. And now a suggestion around the Super Series, another potential innovation,” he said.

The CA head also said that he is set to visit India and Bangladesh next month to talk about the future cricket calendar.

“We’re really respectful of the importance of our international cricket relationships and our role as a leader in world cricket in supporting the development of cricket in other countries. We’re looking forward to hosting Afghanistan next year and that is an example of our commitment to world cricket.”

“Cricket is more or less a religion on the sub-continent. It’s absolutely the favourite sport in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and SriLanka. We’ve got to try and make sure we see the game emerging in countries all around the world.” He said that a crowd of more than 80,000 turning up on the Boxing Day at the MCG would help ensure that the fixture between the Trans-Tasman neighbours would become a far more regular occurrence,” Roberts added.

Meanwhile, the CA also announced that MCG would keep the Boxing Day Test for the foreseeable future. The board is negotiating a new stadium deal with the Melbourne Cricket Club.

“We really value the partnership with New Zealand. We are already having some high-level discussions around the cricket calendar from 2023 to 2031 and we absolutely hope and look forward to hosting New Zealand at a Boxing Day Test well before another 32 years pass.”

“Given the importance of the MCG Test to world cricket, I would like to think it will remain here in perpetuity. There is a bit of work to be done on that front. But you would have to say it is best for world cricket to have a Boxing Day Test in Melbourne for years to come,” he concluded.