ICC news June 25, 2011

More Tests for major countries in FTP draft


The draft of the Future Tour Programme (FTP) for 2012 to 2020 has a clear division among the Test playing countries, with England, Australia and India scheduled to play the most Tests, followed by Sri Lanka and South Africa. The FTP is to be finalised at the ICC's annual conference in Hong Kong next week.

A working draft of the programme, which ESPNcricinfo has obtained, contains an official window in September for the Champions League Twenty20 each year, and also leaves space for an unofficial IPL window in April and May, making it possible for players from most nations to participate in the league.

The draft shows that India will not host Bangladesh or Zimbabwe for either Tests or ODIs until 2020. India have not hosted Bangladesh in a bilateral series since their getting Test status in 2000. England are also not scheduled to host Bangladesh for Tests in the programme and their only series against Zimbabwe - in February-March 2017 - has no venue specified, though given the time of year it is unlikely to be in England.

The FTP divisions in Test cricket are clear: according to a copy which is with Cricinfo, England will play 99 matches over the next eight years, Australia 92, and India 90. Sri Lanka and South Africa are at the next level, with 76 and 74 Tests scheduled. They are followed by West Indies and New Zealand, with 66 Tests each, and Pakistan with 65. Bangladesh and Zimbabwe bring up the rear with 42 and 41 matches. These are draft options, though, and the final numbers could be different.

There are two five-Test series planned: the Ashes, and India's tours to England in 2014 and 2018. All of India's other bilateral series are between two and four Tests. West Indies and Sri Lanka, however, have nothing longer than three-Test series, while Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are limited to two.

The one-day internationals are more evenly distributed. India will play the most with 166, 89 of which are away games. Zimbabwe have the fewest, 64, of which 37 are at home. All other countries will play between 100 and 160 games. The Twenty20 format has the fewest games, with most teams scheduled to play between 30 and 55 matches over the eight-year programme. Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, however, have just 11 each.

India have a comfortable window for the IPL in most years but in 2014 they are scheduled to tour Bangladesh for three ODIs in May, and then start a five-Test series in England in the second week of June, leaving a three-week gap for the seven-week tournament.

England are the only country without a clear IPL window for most of the years, potentially continuing the trend of their players rarely featuring in the tournament. Australia have made space in their calendar to allow their players to take part, while New Zealand are a mixed bag, with tours scheduled in some years and a gap in others. West Indies have series that potentially clash with the IPL as May and June are part of their home season.

A two-week window has been cleared for the Champions League in September, though, so that teams can pick their best XIs.

Among other details in the draft of the FTP, Pakistan are scheduled to tour India in March-April 2013 but beyond that particulars of series between the two countries are vague, with neither the host nation nor the number of games specified in the programme. There will also be two Ashes series in 2013 - one during the English summer and the other in Australia at the end of the year - in order to avoid a clash with the 2015 World Cup.

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • kopa on June 28, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    thumbs up if you have stopped watching cricket after ICC's stupid schedule

  • Sarfin on June 28, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    contd... Moreover India-fans always humiliate Bangla-fans in every chance. For BCCI, it was always power and money. And in BCCI-BCB relationship, BCB were always the sufferer. To Indian fans, just one question. Is this the way you treat a friend? Use them and then throw away? But I am proud that the strongest cricket board in the world always needed one of weakest board and showed no gratitude. Hope I could make you understand our frustration and this thread is still open to publish these comments. Thank you.

  • Sarfin on June 28, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    cont... From 2000 till now India is the only country to host Bangladesh. But obviously we hoped them to be our greatest supporter as being the closest neighbor and in return of our BLIND support. Support such blind that often hurt Bangladesh cricket. Bangladesh banned their 8 national players for playing in ICL. WI couldn't cope with Bangladesh losing their national player though they were 2 times world champs. Now, guess what happened to Bangladesh in a similar situation? Even in this conference, Bangladesh gave up their position to continue the current format of electing ICC chief which could give Bangladesh an opportunity after 2014. But what Bangladesh got? Eight more waiting years!!! This is how BCCI support their most loyal supporter. Bangladesh always suffered this as BCCI were far more stronger than us. Now other countries, like Sri Lanka, had the same experience as their difference with BCCI is increasing.contd...

  • Sarfin on June 28, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    Guys!!! I think none of the non-Bangla cricket lovers understand why Bangla fans are so much upset about India all the time. Some of you questioned why Bangla fans are not complaining against England who will not host Bangladesh also for next 8 years. Actually Bangla fans find themselves deprived. Many of you never thought why Bangladesh got test status so early even though they didn't play any first class match until 1999? Because of REGIONAL POLITICS. Then India was not a economical monster of cricket and they were a little more than a mediocre team having an extra problem of losing some of national players for betting issue. They couldn't dominate world cricket in field or in table. Where was the solution? An extra full member from subcontinent. I, though a Bangladeshi, DO believe if Dalmia were not the acting ICC chief then, Bangladesh had to wait 5 more years for test status. From then India always have the support of Bangladesh in any issue. But India did NOTHING in return.cont..

  • A. R. Azimul on June 28, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    Forget the FTP draft, BD, WI, ZIM and NZ should create their own time to play more cricket and plan to expand and improve in such way. I don't think Pakistan and Sril Lanka would object to join this group. India betrayed by not allowing its players to play in Srilanka. Shame on them. Its the money power they are showing to world cricket. No scope for inviting and help other countries to improve (ICC should learn from FIFA, how they are developing football and helped lesser countries to participate more and improve. The little known Africans are used to be thrashed quite handsomely by bigger teams in the tune of 9-0, 10-0 etc. But now see for yourself where are they now!!!). Raihan (Dhaka)

  • A. R. Azimul on June 28, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    one should not forget during the 60s-70s-80s when both Ind and Paki were saved by the rules of 6 hours of play, no over limits (60-70 over/day), no makeup for rain and teams wasted a lot of time for field setting, Preparation to play next bowl, preparation to deliver next delivery etc. They could have been routed if things were like now. By allowing lesser cricket for lower level teams and few chances for associate countries ICC has gone back to the basic rules of avoiding cricket to grow up. If you don't allow BD and Zim to play more cricket, then how could they improve. India should avoid their too much bossy tendency in world cricket (because of the money they generated). They force BD not to play ICL and whoever played were forcely overlooked whereas there are little windows for them to play in IPL. Even numbers are not there. India is, I suppose, still taking their revenge of shock exit from WC 2007 by BD. Time will take its toll (lOZ facing now, WI faced). Raihan (Dhaka)

  • Gerald on June 28, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    South Africa to play 20%+ less Tests than Australia, England and India?! We are consistently in the top 3. This is ludicrous.

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    guys calm down. subcontient fight each other but eng gets most tests and don't invite both bd/zim. that's the history since 1757 for most things involving eng and subcontinent. bd was grateful to ind for their "apparent" support for full membership, accordingly hosted ind for their historic and emotional first test in 00, although there were other candidates like pak and eng as far I remember. bd hosted ind several times after that. But ind not receprocating the gesture in 20 years is hard to swallow.thats very arrogant way to insult someone! think about that!

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    @abhishek goswami......bro oil ur own machine....bangladesh is in world cricket arena from 1996...not from 1932...and on that time india win only 36 test matches from nearly 200 matches.and they became a strong team in 1970...tht means it took them bloody 38 yrs to be a strong side....so please before talking bad about others....know urself first mate.......

  • mathew on June 28, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    @ meety, Is that what u hv got? Lol I repeat the samething that everyone knows how blatant aus/ eng treat pak,srilanka and India teams.how Cricket Australia hell bent to arrange more series with India now compared to early 80's and 90's ,oh u think its for the interest of game..lol its only for MONEY.How Bigbash is shaping up just to get more money.so everyone knows how those years used to be ..

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