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Sourav Ganguly's 'Super Series' Faces Another Critic, Faf Du Plessis Advises BCCI Boss To Focus On Something Else

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had said plans are afoot to organise a four-nation meet, involving cricket's heavyweights, from 2021, for which discussions had been held with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia (CA)

Sourav Ganguly's 'Super Series' Faces Another Critic, Faf Du Plessis Advises BCCI Boss To Focus On Something Else
Faf du Plessis and Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly's 'Super Series' Faces Another Critic, Faf Du Plessis Advises BCCI Boss To Focus On Something Else
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2019-12-31T12:52:49+0530

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly's proposal to launch an ODI Super Series -- an annual ODI series involving India, England, Australia and a fourth team from 2021 -- has met with objections from South Africa captain Faf du Plessis. (More Cricket News)

"The last year or so you can see what's going on in terms of the big three countries," Faf du Plessis said while speaking to the press after South Africa's win over England in the Boxing Day Test on Sunday.

"There's a lot of movement going towards that, a lot more matches being played against the top three, or big three. It's probably better if you include more teams, the better to grow the game as much as you can," he added.

Earlier, former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif claimed that the proposed four-nation tournament will become a "flop" like the "Big Three model".

The former wicket-keeper saw it as an attempt by the formidable trio of India, Australia and England to 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 few years back," said Latif in a YouTube video.

Last week, Ganguly had said plans are afoot to organise a four-nation meet, involving cricket's heavyweights, from 2021, for which discussions had been held with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia (CA).

"Australia, England, India and another top team will feature in the Super Series, which begins in 2021, and the first edition of the tournament will be played in India," Ganguly, a former India captain, had said in Kolkata.

The move is also being seen as an attempt by the 'Big Three' of world cricket to counter the International Cricket Board's plans to add an additional 50-overs world event to the next ICC Future Tours Programme.

The ECB said in a statement they are open to discussions on it.

"We meet regularly with other leaders from the major cricketing nations to share learnings and discuss topics that impact our sport. A four-nation tournament was raised at a meeting with the BCCI in December and we are open to discussions with other ICC members to see if this concept can develop," the ECB had said in a statement.

Ganguly, BCCI secretary Jay Shah and treasurer Arun Dhumal held talks in London earlier this month with ECB officials, led by chairman Colin Graves, during which they may have explored the idea.

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