Recently, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) proposed for a four-nation One Day International tournament. Till now, three teams have been confirmed to be a part of the tournament- India, England and Australia, with a four team to be selected in the future. The idea received positive signals from Cricket Australia and The English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). However, there have been some backlash, first from former Pakistani international Rashid Latif and now South Africa captain Faf du Plessis.
Sourav Ganguly, the BCCI president had opened up about the beneficial outcome of a four nation super ODI series earlier this week.
“It’s a proposal. Let’s see where it goes. The reason behind it is only to have a good, competitive tournament. People want to see a high class tournament and we are attempting to do it.” Dada said earlier this week.
However, du Plessis believes the if India, Australia and England- the ‘Big Three’ made an effort to include more teams in the series, the outcome would have been much better.
Speaking at the post match interview after the Boxing Day test against England, the Proteas skipper said: “The last year or so you can see what’s going on in terms of the big three countries.”
Du Plessis has earned 101 ODI caps in international cricket. The victory against England yesterday at the SuperSport Park Cricket Stadium saw spells of 29 and 20 from the captain in both innings of South Africa.
“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.” the 35 year old added.
Before du Plessis, similar reactions were coming from Rashid Latif. The Pakistani coach stated that the idea of a four nation series might be inimical in future.
In a recent interview, the 51 year old said: “By playing such a series, these four countries want to isolate the other member nations which is not a good news. But I think this will be a flop idea like the Big Three model, which was introduced few years back”.