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More Tests for major countries in FTP draft

Tariq Engineer

June 25, 2011

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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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Posted by steriotype on (June 28, 2011, 21:16 GMT)

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

Posted by Sarfin on (June 28, 2011, 18:05 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.

Posted by Sarfin on (June 28, 2011, 18:00 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...

Posted by Sarfin on (June 28, 2011, 17:44 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..

Posted by Raihan-Tigers on (June 28, 2011, 16:24 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)

Posted by Raihan-Tigers on (June 28, 2011, 16:18 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)

Posted by StaalBurgher on (June 28, 2011, 16:02 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (June 28, 2011, 15:41 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!

Posted by   on (June 28, 2011, 15:41 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.......

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (June 28, 2011, 15:21 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 ..

Posted by hironno on (June 28, 2011, 15:07 GMT)

@abhishek: one can say Indian cricket was also useless for 40 some years all they could pull off was boring draw or defeat definitely not exciting for your IPL fans. But cricket is not just about money. There was a time cricket was just as popular without millions of dollars pumping into it. Its all about spirit and prestige of the sport. I agree indian team is over rated. They can only win on home turf. But overseas they suffer heavy defeats even with a team like Zim or say goodbuy to worldcup after losing to Bangladesh. ICC should stop being a money making machine for the sake of cricket. ICC must not let any nation dictate its policies. It's obvious to anyone that BCCI is heavily influencing ICC.I have serious doubts about competency of current ICC chairman. ICC must reverse its biased ftp immediately and comeup with an acceptable 5 year plan that truly encourage competitiveness.

Posted by hironno on (June 28, 2011, 14:22 GMT)

If you had the in depth geo-political and socio-economic knowledge of the indian sub-continent during the period in question, the British and later Pakistan, you would have never raised that question of formerly East Bengal or East Pakistan's practice of cricket. I won't get into the details of that in this conversation. My main point was that india(BCCI) being the biggest Bully of the current cricket world making unfair decisions by manipulating ICC to give them unfair advantage. Is this the way to go on top? Maybe it is the only way BCCI can do it, but this is not the way earn respect of the cricket world. Before you know it, India will be playing cricket only to themselves and maybe England. You can not really go too far with rigid mentality. Then again if money is everything to you, you can find some happiness there, you dont have to worry about respect of the entire cricket world.

Posted by Colin_78 on (June 28, 2011, 14:13 GMT)

I think this shows the spinelessness of some of the cricketing boards and the short sightedness of the ICC. We can already see effectively there is a two tier system with only 5 teams playing more than 70 tests. Why not actually have a 2 tier system? 2 groups of 5, play each other home and away over a 4 year period. It would ensure more competitive matches, there would be space for IPL and odis could have a play off in year 5 between top and bottom of the tiers to see if one should be promoted/relegated and one off tests series to ensure you still have iconic tests such as the ashes or ind-pak even if they are in a different tier. Could even expand this if it works and have a 3rd tier with 5 associates and again the chance of promotion/relegation.

Posted by anurag4u10 on (June 28, 2011, 13:32 GMT)

bang and zim shud register demselve in ranji or county. i m sure dey will nt be able 2 put up fite even dere

Posted by   on (June 28, 2011, 13:26 GMT)

I think ICC means Indian Cricket Committee. It runs according to BCCI. They maintain window for IPL, beneficial tours and much games for them. Only power of money makes all possible with a unqualified team who never become champion without their land.

Posted by No-ryan on (June 28, 2011, 12:50 GMT)

@hironno: India took 20 years to win because there was world war, freedom struggle and partition. This is an often repeated line by Bangladesh fans to run down India to hide their own most pathetic records in cricket. What Bangladesh fans don't want to acknowledge is that, the record prior to 1947 was common history of India Pakistan and Bangladesh. But, that is history. Like it or not. I suspect Bangladesh will break many dubious records of cricket in the next 10 years like being world leaders in innings defeat etc in short while. I wish them good luck in achieving all the pathetic record. After all, Bangladesh getting test status has a lot to do with match fixing of late 90s. India should never host Bangladesh. Never mind, not being able to play in Bangladesh. Not playing in BD is not a loss for India other than may be setting up some records against weak side.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2011, 12:24 GMT)

Skylight28, you forgot one thing... there was no Banglasdesh during period when cricket was introduced in India.. Still it was the part of British India and for your infomation there was a cricket ground where matches played btwn army teams at Dhakka Cantonement which is supposed to be one among the older cricket maidans in the subcontinent. It seems you know the Bangladesh history only from the time the country was formed in 1971.

Suresh Nair

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 28, 2011, 12:02 GMT)

BD are yet to win a test against top 7 test teams (IND,SA,Eng,SL,Aus,Pak,NZ). Thats shows their quality. Also,Pakistan played against them in 2003 and Lankan team played against them in 2008, SA 2008 . while India played against them in 2010. Still BD fans are criticizing Indian board!!! Is it because an Indian tour will bring them more money?

Posted by   on (June 28, 2011, 12:00 GMT)

Bangladesh cricket is useless. They beat one major team by chance in several years & were hopeful that their team could lift WC 2011. They don't live in reality because people of BD commenting here are not rational enough. Have you guys forgotten how WI humiliated BD in WC 2011. This was just about the ODIs. See when a dog bites a person its not a news but when a person bites a dog it is news. Same thing goes for BD cricket as well. There is a reason why we call 5 day matches as "test" matches. You guys first perform consistently & then speak. First manage to draw a series at your home, then demand away series. But I do think in the final draft SA will have more tests.

Posted by mesumon on (June 28, 2011, 11:38 GMT)

India won world cup, that doesn't mean that india is best, india won world cup because they play has a host in there country, if india play in other nation, they can't win world cup. ohh, other thing find out all result of indian test cricket, the won when they are host and they lost when they played abroad...

Posted by jackiethepen on (June 28, 2011, 11:14 GMT)

This is just hopeless. Money shouldn't drive cricket. How do we know who will be top teams in five years? West Indies could have a complete revival. Pakistan could start playing at home. India could be on the slide. If you think not, look at Australia now. England might be top or not. This is crazy.

Posted by lijihas on (June 28, 2011, 10:40 GMT)

@ hironno.... ur team's performances in tests will give u the reply for ur questions......nothing to say more... ya we are scared... because.. we indians wont get crowd to watch ind-bangla match ..as one teams stands below average level...

Posted by   on (June 28, 2011, 10:35 GMT)

@hironno I think u r screwed up in history. Actually during 1721 until 1948 anyways Bangladesh was a part of India, so they have got the equal knowledge, guidance & help. Even Pakistan was also a part of India during that time. If Pakistan can develop their cricketing skills so much then why not Bangladesh, both of them had equal amount of chance and help. If tomorrow India is called XYZ that doesn't mean they are starting from scratch..lol.

Posted by area1985 on (June 28, 2011, 10:05 GMT)

Bd have won 2-0 test series in wi, India never won 2 matches in one series in WI,it's true that BD is inconsistent ,but its not ethical as south asian country to treat there brothers in this way.Just look at indian series to zim last year, they called zim as negligible opponent and lost all matches there.BCCI just overrating them self for recent success at home.

Posted by danuk87 on (June 28, 2011, 9:50 GMT)

Selfish decison from BCCI/ICC, they are very happy when there is no competition, If ICC rule like this in future cricket will be die soon

Posted by   on (June 28, 2011, 9:45 GMT)

Do ICC have any long term visions?? What about promoting and spreading Cricket and developing interest among more nations? Their policies fail to reflect any good intention from their part. Rather one would think Cricket is only going to shrink in near future. Sorry to say but ICC disgusts me, big time!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 28, 2011, 9:33 GMT)

ICC should seriously think about a associate teams test cricket. BD and Zim must be in that group with Ireland, Keniya and NED. Otherwise tour to top test playing countries will be disastrous.

Posted by CricketMaan on (June 28, 2011, 9:29 GMT)

@hironno - In 1721, it was all India, so if Cricket was introducted to India in 1721, then it was introduced to the regions today that are Pakistan and Bangladesh..as they were all the same..BTW India has nothing to loose if we dont tour Bangladesh..it will be a well deserverd rest for our players..

Posted by RamShankarS on (June 28, 2011, 9:17 GMT)

If Cricket was introduced to India in 1721, so was it to "now-called" Bangladesh or the "previously-existed" East Bengal. So, if India took 211 years, Bangladesh took 279 years to play their first test. With all other cultures being hereditary of India, didn't the Cricket culture too cross border? And, when was ICC introduced? When did all this organized tours came into existence? How many people in those days played cricket at regular intervals? So, it is not worth a point of argument at all. Give them opportunities at their level. If their performance exceeds expectations, then they will be given chance to play against the next league of teams. Consistency is the key for improvement of Cricket in these countries and they should first learn that art.

Posted by iasohel on (June 28, 2011, 7:35 GMT)

@m2pu. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. I AM ALSO WAITING FOR .................K

Posted by iasohel on (June 28, 2011, 7:00 GMT)

WHAT WILL BE THE NEXT (2021): -ICC will be approved as Indian cricket council. - New Zealand, West Indies, Pakistan will be treated as minnows (although India is the engineer). - No international cricket only 2 IPL will cover whole the year and other league will be come. - All the team will play in CLT20. - International cricket will be treated as practice match mainly for india. - Riles will be developed on the basis of indian choice. - India will host all match due to security concern, no away match.

NO MONEY, NO GLOBALIZATION, NO CRICKET.

Posted by Meety on (June 28, 2011, 6:58 GMT)

Before everyone jumps up & down about who gets the most tests, think about which boards are complaining about their quota! Which boards ARE complaining? None so far! The only country that would have a quibble at the moment is the Bangas - but they are on a steady learning curve & don't need too many games. Zimbabwe are only just re-establishing themselves & Pakistan really don't have a home for International purposes. Could it be that SL & Sth African boards do not place as much emphasis on Tests? @spiritwithin/mathewjohn2176- is that ALL you've got??? LOL! I stand by what I said - the self interest was less blatant under Oz/Pom veto. If Oz (& England) played more games against the other nations 70 yrs ago (BTW there was a World War in there as well) - the Test statistics would of been more skewed then they are now by the Bangas & Zimbabwe. The Don would of averaged 120 & not 99 etc!The game was governed more for the sake of the game NOT money!!!!!!!

Posted by Rezaul on (June 28, 2011, 4:20 GMT)

Bangladesh beat England in WC 2011. Somebody claimed Bangladesh beat only associates in wc. So, England is an associate?

Posted by hironno on (June 28, 2011, 4:09 GMT)

@skylight's comment: cricket was introduced to India in 1721 and ofcourse they took until 1932 to develop their cricket to play their first test and with the help guidance of English people. Just think how much opportunity was given to India over that long period of time. You are comparing that to BD which is only 40 years old and cricket barely even existed before 1971. with very little they have already accomplished so much and improving everyday. You cant just deny them that opportunity and honestly say "you are not good" Lets atleast give them opportunity for 20 years, but sadly just the opposite happened so far. Now with so much power and full control of ICC India is just trying to dominate cricket by hook or crook. Just remember what goes around comes around. I say BD say no to hosting India in Bangladesh until India does the same.

Posted by Skylight28 on (June 27, 2011, 23:34 GMT)

@hironno's comment - Here are some statistics: Yes, it took India 20 years. In those 20 years, India played 24 tests. It lost 12, and drew 12. It played all those tests against England, Australia or West Indies. It won its 25th match against England. On the other hand, Bangladesh took only 5 years to win their first test. In those 5 years, BD played 34 tests. it lost 31, and drew 3. Of the 3 it drew, the first two (both against Zim) had at least 2 days lost to rain. Their 3rd drawn test was their 29th test, was against WI, and was their first draw where play was possible for all 5 days. BD won its 35th match, against WI who were probably not in the top 6-7 test nations at that time. Till date, BD has played 68 tests and only won 3 of them, beating WI on each occasion. By the time India had played 68 tests, they had beaten every opposition except the dominant WI. I am all for giving BD chances, but please don't state rubbish reasons to justify the chances...

Posted by likeintcricket on (June 27, 2011, 18:51 GMT)

@ Jithinvsjj, lets put in Gayle and Taylor in the WI side and leave out Dravid and Harbhagan. India won the first Test against WI because of Bhaji's lusty hitting and Dravid's drop catch. I just made this comment cause in my view all the top 8 sides are nearly equal in talent and at some part during the last 30 years everyone enjoys top 3 rankings. The Test matches should be evenly balance b/w them otherwise a good talent from these countries end up playing half of the Test matches as compared to a less talented English player.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2011, 18:12 GMT)

@ Mohammed Khaled Mahmud: I don't remember when did entire Australia & South African team retired.... Sounds foolish to me.... Australia had a strong bench strength... Now where is it... India is the new super power in cricket.... So once fab 4 retires, we will have many youngsters to take their place. @CRKSL: Ya BD defeated India in WC 2007.... and few days later India humiliated Bangladesh in their home soil :-)

Bangladesh is good for nothing team... their 2007 performance was a fluke as the could not play well in the home conditions in 2011. Their performance in 2011 was a shame. Teams like Ireland & Netherlands should be given more chance...

Posted by hironno on (June 27, 2011, 18:10 GMT)

India took 20 years to win their first test game. How would India feel if India was denied the opportunity to play big teams during that 20 years time? Where would India's cricket be today? India cricket board is only proving their narrow mentality because India haven't host a single game for Bangladesh since it's test status. This is not big brother type attitude, this is narrow mindedness. Watch out this might someday haunt India down. I say BD say to India hosting any game until India offers a series on their soil. Come on India, what are you afraid of? Are you afraid that BD might beat you on your own soil?

Posted by NP_NY on (June 27, 2011, 17:29 GMT)

Good decision. Until BD shows that they can win atleast a few tests on their home grounds, there is no point in having them visit other test playing nations. Hopefully this will be an incentive for BD to perform better in tests.

Posted by reality_check on (June 27, 2011, 17:19 GMT)

Just when I thought ICC couldn't get any more stupider, they come out with this 8 year looong FTP gem and totally redeem themselves. The whole thing is based on few assumptions. 1) Bang and Zim will remain weak for eternity. 2) Pakistan will never be able to host international cricket. 3) A lot of cricket in India/Eng/Aus will NOT bore the spectators to death. SA/SL and NZ will remain in 2nd tier no matter what and who thought up two Ashes in one year. NEWSFLASH TO ICC... you may kill this golden goose if you really squeeze it hard to get rich in a short time. You are half there in killing cricket in atleast 4 countries now Ban/Zim/WI/Pak. Good luck in promoting cricket to non-tea sipping countries and please change your name to BCCICC. That is more accurate.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2011, 17:18 GMT)

Mr Man007@ I have you have the same problem that Amir had in Gajoni, short time memory loss!!If u cannt recall, I can help u. BD beat England in 2011 WC.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2011, 16:25 GMT)

@Man007, Is England an Associate Member of ICC? India can play good cricket (Test) only at Home. There records in England and Australia even in Srilanka and South Africa are negligible....

Posted by Bang_La on (June 27, 2011, 15:51 GMT)

@sallo.rajput, I entirely agree with your rational opinion that ICC should help spread cricket globally. And that was in previously ICC policies. Just after businessmen like Harun entered into the scene, ICC started moving away from their role as international authority for cricket rather they started competing with India to make more and more money. Reasons behind are clear. More money ICC gets, more bonuses and higher paycheques for its executives are guaranteed.

Posted by FitzroyMarsupial on (June 27, 2011, 15:50 GMT)

Cricket dominance is cyclical - India will at some point have a team that is less good; West Indies will rise again. Or at least they will if this divisive splintering of world cricket's 'haves and have nots' is prevented. If a nation is considered 'test class' - it should be treated with respect. When Western players would repeatedly refuse to tour India over fears of 'Delhi Belly' back in the 70's and 80's Indians were, rightly, insulted. Raina apart the entire world cup winning batting line-up declined to play the ODIs in West Indies last month. The fact India still won makes no difference. It's demeaning to the West Indies and to the sport in general. All Indians out there about to get predictably defensive (I'm Indian myself by the way) just ask yourself (and be honest) whether you would have preferred the Commonwealth Games 100m with Usain Bolt?

Posted by Bang_La on (June 27, 2011, 15:45 GMT)

@Man007, didn't know England was an associate country. Thanks for enlightening me.

Posted by FitzroyMarsupial on (June 27, 2011, 15:42 GMT)

@Mick Jeffrey - I agree mate, good points all. England should be ashamed of itself for not helping more in the development of cricket in Ireland. Getting Ireland into the County Championship 10 years ago would, by now, have led to another fully fledged (and competitive) Test nation I reckon.

India was, justifiably, lauded for helping Bangladesh achieve Test Match status, but obviously that was when India was looking for Asian bloc votes and influence. Now she has become Queen Bee of World Cricket, India only wants to play with the 'cool kids'. I agree that Bangladesh's development has been very disappointing but to abandon them like an embarassing cousin speaks very poorly of India and it's readiness to lead world cricket.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2011, 15:21 GMT)

Don't worry in next few years Bangladesh will take themselves in such level, India will invite Bangladesh to India to play against them. A guarantee.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 27, 2011, 15:12 GMT)

@Mohammed Khaled Mahmud. and BD will be the best test team at that time???

Posted by kanishkazico on (June 27, 2011, 14:55 GMT)

i don't understand why we need window for Champions league or IPL, FTP should only consider international tours, not club cricket !

Posted by sskris1 on (June 27, 2011, 14:22 GMT)

@ Mo Khaleed: I agree with you comments that only recently India reached the top status despite the fact that these 4 fab players have been playing for more than a decade. Guess what, that is why people came to watch test matches, to watch these 4 amazing talents that no country can boast of. India did not have to be on the top to attract crowds to watch test matches in ENG, AUS, SA, PAK, SL and BD as well. What the future holds for team India, no one knows. There is a pool of young batting talent waiting in line, and only time will tell how this talent turns out for India. Bowling is still a major concern and that alone will let India down. i AGREE WITH ICC TO KEEP THE MINNOWS OUT OF THE TEST arena and only play them in ODI.

Posted by sskris1 on (June 27, 2011, 14:16 GMT)

Great decision except I do not understand why SL, SA, and PAK nto allowed to play more test matches. As an Indian, I would like to see more test matches against these 3 nations as well. All the fans who hate IPL, go ask players from your country who take part in IPL. IPL is here to stay, whether you guys like it or not. No one is asking yout o watch as we have enough audiences within India. Same with the intl players. They are coming to India to Play IPL becuase they get more money than if they play for an entire year for their respective countries. We are not forcing themt o take part in IPL. Bangladesh has been the worst test team and has not even produced one standout player. This is a fact and good decision by ICC. I fail to understand the reason for not allowing SL, SA, and PAK to play same number fo test matches like IND, AUS, and ENG.

Posted by gracegift on (June 27, 2011, 14:14 GMT)

I think i am for the 2-tier system. Top 6 in Tier-1. Next 6 in Tier-2. Add Zim, Ireland and 1 more associate team to Tier-2. Toppers of Tier-2 are promoted and the bottom placed Tier-1 team goes into Tier-2 after a round of home and away series. This cycle would take around 2 years. Good for many reasons. 1. More evenly contested matches. 2. Something to play for other than the rankings (which are like royalty -they don't matter!). 3. No more dull draws between top teams. Resulting in more Quality, more Revenue, more Viewership for the Top-6. As for the bottom 6, they escape being thrashed. It's better for their ego. And a chance to play with the big boys on merit if they win. Need to work out a proper points system. The county system has one. I like it. Lots of points to play for, no one is ruled out till the end.

Posted by madras_boy on (June 27, 2011, 13:14 GMT)

ECB has allowed their players to play in Stanford League couple of years ago but they dont want to provide a window for their players to play in IPL ! IPL is far better than Stanford League. Let them play Friends T20 instead. Itz clear that ECB is envy of BCCI. They should start accepting the fact and get on with the current trend. Anyway Kudos to all other teams who have provided a window for their players to play in IPL.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2011, 12:54 GMT)

Posted by Man007 on (June 27 2011, 05:14 AM GMT) BD were not able to win matches in home soil, then whats the big issue?. They beat only associates in 2011 WC ....i want to tell all people those dont have minimum cricketing knowledge,,,BD beat England in WC 2011...also before in england they beat also England in one day match......Actually India know if BD get a lot chances then they can regularly beat them.......Come on India....we want you to chalange with in 4 yrs time......i can remember before Gaguly time India was a ordinery team like BD.....almost matches they lose.....

Posted by gagguv on (June 27, 2011, 12:18 GMT)

Really some of the comments are hilarious and funny posted here!FTP is as good as competing countries. It aint end of the world as some Pakistan, SL, BD fans are claiming. Tomorrow BD may agree to host Pakistan or SL outside FTP.Sso that doesnt mean they wont be allowed to do that?? Guys complaining about BCCI finishing world cricket check the stats of Australia and England first. How many tests these two countries have played as compared to other countries? One fan was comparing the stats of teams playing in England. He failed to mention the number of visits made by each team to England before jumping to conclusion! All nations propose their fixtures with other countries to ICC and not the other way round. IF BD fans are dejected on being allotted lesser matches they should take it with their own administrators of BCB rather than blaming all and sundry!

Posted by Chetan007 on (June 27, 2011, 12:13 GMT)

@Mohammed Khaled Mahmud: I don't find any team right now as strong as India except SA. The only thing lacks is good fast bowler. That also seems being in process of solved.As of 2007 wc, Indian players have low to their mind set.that's the reason of loosing the match to BD. Recently, BD won against NZ by 5-0, it doesn't mean the team is stronger enough to any team or if NZ again comes, I don't find them in a state to beat NZ again. Ya, I agree to the condition that BD should be given few more test matches. but I also find the financial issue coming behind them. ICC or any member board don't want a period of 1 month to loose the money they can make while touring other places.BD should has to raise their standards. Moreover Netherland is in context of getting test status if they prove their worth.Then the most matches it can play will feature against BD & Zim.ya, better to improve they should get to tour their A side to improve their bench strenght.

Posted by maddy20 on (June 27, 2011, 12:11 GMT)

@CRSKL And the opposite of that happened in every other worldcup. My question for you is when was the last time Bangladesh actually won a test against the top 6 teams, let alone series!

Posted by Ankarvi on (June 27, 2011, 11:34 GMT)

For all those who says B'desh should be given more tests, do you guys will watch such matches fully. Its not a t20 to finish in 4 hrs. Be realistic. There were some stupid comments made when associate nations were axed. Of course its hurting. But that as decided top 6 qualify and for rest 4 teams there can be a qualifier which makes sense. Don't compare cricket with football. A football game will finish in a max 2.15hrs. A 50 over cricket game --- 8 hrs min?? How many of you watched CAN vs ZIM etc etc. This schedule actually makes sense. Good job done, highlighting series which is of most important. Stop blaming. ALL THE BEST

Posted by PrameshP on (June 27, 2011, 11:25 GMT)

I think Test should be make A grade and B grade. 10 Teams in A grade n make a relegation for 2 (or may be 1, What ICC think good) teams in B grade from A grade. and better 2 (or may be 1, What ICC think good) teams will upgrade from B to A grade. May be you can't find great result up to 5 Years but after that you will get excellent result. That will help globalize the Test Cricket as well. ICC should think here, isn't it guys?

Posted by Sarfin on (June 27, 2011, 11:23 GMT)

ICC is taking cricket 15 years back. I expected Ireland, Netherlands would be ready for test cricket within next 5 to 10 years. But I found they are writing BD and ZIM off. Yes, cricket will be fun for some fans, but most of the cricket lovers will find them waiting for their teams turn and get bored watching the same faces again and again.

Posted by Sarfin on (June 27, 2011, 11:02 GMT)

ICC is taking cricket 15 years back. I expected Ireland, Netherlands would be ready for test cricket within next 5 to 10 years. But I found they are writing BD and ZIM off. Yes, cricket will be fun for some fans, but most of the cricket lovers will find them waiting for their teams turn and get bored watching the same faces again and again.

Posted by Sarfin on (June 27, 2011, 10:40 GMT)

Excellent job from ICC and the big names of international cricket. You've just proved me right again. It's only about money!!! I don't understand why people criticize Gayle or others who showed interest in IPL or similar kind of tournament over their national contract while the governing body of cricket is doing a similar thing? Cricket is played among a few countries and ICC is determined to make it fewer. Tell me how many countries got one-day status? Number is less than the number of countries play in FIFA world cup. Even ICC is reluctant to allow it's associates nation to play WC. In last 10 years we got NO test playing nation (Bangladesh got test status in 2000) but lost one(ZIM is still on the way of a comeback). And Bangladesh may have the same fate as ZIM. Is this the fault of minnows or ICC? They are no good for cricket. They'll make the glorious days of cricket a history. They'll produce some muscleman for some sort of "wrestling" with bat and bowl. Nothing else.

Posted by spiritwithin on (June 27, 2011, 10:33 GMT)

@Mohammed Khaled Mahmud,nobody stopped other teams from reaching the top after the retirements of aus greats,if india is at the top it simply means they r the best at present..and to say that SL is better than England & India is simply laughable coz SL till date won just 5 tests away(excluding BD,zim) and at present does'nt have bowlers to take 20 wickets,SA is a top side and on par with india,Eng but definitely not better,and the same mediocre english team routed aus in aus,drew in SA where most of the teams struggle to save a MATCH.....

Posted by emeye on (June 27, 2011, 10:20 GMT)

It's how it starts, now ICC is being influenced by BCCI. But it will never remain the same, after sometime it'll be someone else's turn :) . And then, BCCI will cry that its injustice and everybody will love it.

Posted by Navdeep14 on (June 27, 2011, 9:36 GMT)

FTP is only official schedule means this has to happen so if a country wants more game to play when they are free they can shedule ,but scheduled game should not clash with that country FTP, same thing happen in India vs Pakistan series 2004 and Srilanka inviting BCCI to play five odis in2009 , these series were not scheduled by ICC but series played out Now if Bangladesh, Srilanka, S. Africa or any country thinks that justice has not done so they can schedule series between them ICC is not stoping them

Posted by Saim93 on (June 27, 2011, 9:23 GMT)

@Man007... England are associates?

Posted by khurramsch on (June 27, 2011, 8:55 GMT)

what type of FTP is this?u r not giving smaller teams enough chance to play then how will they get benifit? real descrimination is this. bangladesh & others r having less matches but what about current test series where india playing 3 tests with WI .evrybody is sure india will win comfortably.so wasnt it betr to give more matches to smaller teams.ok if big teams dont want to play then atleast give smller teams games within themselves.

Posted by chapathishot on (June 27, 2011, 8:40 GMT)

@ Mohammed Khaled:As per your rating Bangladesh who have never won a test match outside home (Except beating Westindines third XI )should be better than Srilanka Who have only not won a single test in Australia ,South Africa and India.

Posted by streetblader on (June 27, 2011, 8:35 GMT)

@crksl and other BD "fans" who keep commenting stuff like: "In 2007 World Cup when Bangladesh reached super eight, India failed. Am I right?"... dont you guys have anything else to rave about..? 2007 was an aberration... Indian team was in disarray and some bad luck happened...? so what..? india are the champs now... stop talking about the future and try to live in the present guys... grow up... i know thats the only momemnt in BD history that u can be "proud" of... sad to know u have nothign else really to boast of, but its over-cooked kiddos... its starting to rot now.. think of something new... i know ur cricketers are incabale of giving u anything to cheer about... but stop cribbing for god's sake... and see how much progress u guys have made since: NONE - NADA - ZIP

Posted by   on (June 27, 2011, 7:50 GMT)

Its a shame really....If everyone thinks Bangladesh doesnt deserve test status why don't you guys just take it away... or is it that the developement of BD players meke U guys afraid??????

Posted by flyingmachinee on (June 27, 2011, 7:43 GMT)

@khaled.......Iindia has won series both n srilanka and england .....leveld a series in southafrica........won all the matches in home turf...so india is the strongest test team in the world now...........as far as fab four india has lot of bench strength so no probz.....they can still manage like they did in worldcup......

Posted by Amarjitmadan on (June 27, 2011, 7:30 GMT)

Eight year period is quite a long one and ICC should keep a provision for amendments in case of significant improvement in some teams like BD.Zimbabwe and more specially WI who are not that bad a side even now but forother reasons.One wonders where are the matches involving Pakistan going to be played, with the utmost optimism that one day conditions improve and are played there.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2011, 6:59 GMT)

very dissapointing FTP for Bangladesh, they have got almost half matches in each format comparing with other test playing nation, its a discrimination over Bangladesh & should not be tolerated ...

Posted by Jithinvsjj on (June 27, 2011, 6:25 GMT)

@ Mohammed Khaled, hi friend...India got many more fabulous players waiting for their chances. We wont have any matter to worry even if our existing fab four retires from the tests.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 27, 2011, 6:14 GMT)

BD were not able to win matches in home soil, then whats the big issue?. They beat only associates in 2011 WC.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2011, 6:06 GMT)

This is discrimination, when you are giving the test status, you can't discriminate between the members. By doing this you are just only making controversy which is not favoring anybody. I must say, ICC is in bad hand.

Posted by himanshu.team on (June 27, 2011, 5:58 GMT)

ICC has done one thing good, and that is indentifying the stronger and weaker test teams. There is no point in having the series like India is playing currectly. Tests should not be used to give rest to your players, thay should actually be a "Test" of character of the teams invovled. However, One thing they seem to have missed out is to develop the weaker test playing nations. FTP should also include more tests between sides like Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Kenya and the current WI sides. Evenly matched teams should play more with one another. If one of the stronger teams, keep losing their matches with other strong teams, those matches should be reduced and those with weaker teams be increased. Same principle should be applied for the weaker team that wins. Overall, the number of tests played should remain similarfor all test playing nations. Also, a plan must be put in place for the minnows. They should be given more exposure to T20 and ODIs.

Posted by crksl on (June 27, 2011, 3:54 GMT)

In 2007 World Cup when Bangladesh reached super eight, India failed. Am I right?

Posted by pinhead9810 on (June 27, 2011, 1:20 GMT)

I agree that minnow countries should be given chances, but not at test level. There seems to be a majority of Bangladeshi's upset with the FTP, whatever the reasons are, the fact remains Bangladesh aren't good enough. ICC could implement a test division for countries like Ireland, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, USA, Afghanistan and others, and if one or two countries continue to perform (or even dominate) then should be given a chance. This would give the minnows a chance to play test cricket against similar strength opponents.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 23:59 GMT)

Australia vs India should be a 5 test series in Australia for sure, and we should push to play South Africa in either a 3 or 4 test series home and away. Other than that each nation should at least host another in a 2 test series once throughout the period, there's no legitimate excuse not to. And if they must continue the triple that is IPL, then leave the whole of April for it. If they can't fit it all in April then something is wrong. Plus there should be a provision to play a one off ODI in an associate nation (e.g. Kenya at the end of a RSA tour, Canada after a WI tour, Afghanistan in a neutral venue after a sub-continent tour, the European Associates amongst an ENG tour)

Posted by Iftekharul_Hasan_Siam on (June 26, 2011, 22:58 GMT)

being a bangladeshi, let me tell one thing to all bangladeshis. why are u peoples so desperate for a tour to india? i think bangladesh should play more test matches in their home country. as india is touring bangladesh every in every 2-4 years. lets continue with that. home series against india is financially benefit for us. in india, in front of jam-packed crowds cheering for india, our bd cricketers will have high risk of losing matches in big margin. so, i think lets play more & more matches in our home soil.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 22:57 GMT)

the fab four is playing for nearly 1.5 decades for india, but they reached the top test position only recently when the eintire australian team, south african team retired. What happens when the fab four retires soon. Will they regret getting more tests for a weaker team? Same goes with eng team, a mediocre test team for ever. Both sa and srl team are better teams than ind, eng.

Posted by sallo.rajput on (June 26, 2011, 22:00 GMT)

ICC must try to spread the cricket not coleecting money as it is very much clear from the FTP.

Posted by thenoostar on (June 26, 2011, 21:00 GMT)

It is now perfectly clear that the international boards are merely puppets of the broadcasters.Bangladesh will be better than New Zealand and West Indies by 2020.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 20:46 GMT)

well said andre sookdar, all they care about is making money. i object to the use of the world international, because cricket is anything but international. only allowing a handful of teams from around the world does not make it an international sport! all the teams should play equal number of games but that would mean the likes of india, aus and eng cant make more money...the icc is a mess and needs sorting out asap!

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 20:06 GMT)

believe it or not guys,let this FTP go in vain...bangladesh is really on move...we have got huge crowd behind us,its better quitting from international cricket rather than playing just 42 test matches whereas we were supposed to have played the highest number of test matches being the weakest and newest in test arena...its our right to play cricket and learn cricket..we may not play gud in recent past but we r trying...just a single generation has played our test cricket nd we r determined that our coming generation is gonna clearly produce some legends in future INSHALLAH....in this site there are people frm different nation but i just wanna remind u guys..do not mess with bangladesh and its cricket.......we r gonna show this WORLD one day INSHALLAH

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 20:03 GMT)

1.Bangladesh cricket team are not worth of challenging England or India. 2. Zim has to improve a lot. 3.Bangla fans has only one match to talk about ie 2007 wc. 4.In 2011, thrashed by India, Succumbed to Windies, Thrown out by other major teams. so u r not at level. 5. We get bored while there is a match between BD & India. We like to watch Pak vs India. Because Pakistan are true competitors. but BD only talks, doesnt play.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 19:53 GMT)

So associates aren't wanted in the World Cup, Zimbabwe isn't getting enough opportunities to reclaim their test status, and now Bangladesh is being denied tests? Pakistan already has issues hosting matches, add the rebuilding going on in Sri Lanka, West Indies and New Zealand that just leaves India, England, South Africa and Australia getting quality cricket. Official times for Champion's League, a tournament that automatically allows 3 indian teams plus a chance for a forth, and an unofficial time for IPL with WI once again having a clashing tour... ICC needs to remove the International from their title and replace it with Financial.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (June 26, 2011, 19:44 GMT)

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Some would do well to take heed.

Posted by SLrajitha on (June 26, 2011, 19:39 GMT)

If the ICC ranking is >>>India ,South Africa, England ,Sri Lanka ,Australia ,Pakistan ,West Indies ,New Zealand , why they consider maximum test for India , Eng & aus. chacked South Africa & sri lanka is better rank than Aus.

Posted by CricketFan365 on (June 26, 2011, 18:53 GMT)

The reason why Bangladeshi fans repeatedly blaming India is that they have never hosted Bangladesh in any format of the game!! Would that have been too much difficult for them to arrange just even ONE SERIES in their soil in 20 YEARS?? That doesn't make any sense. If BCCI think Bangladesh is too weaker team to play against, then they can rest their senior players and test their young guns against BD like they are doing against WI at the moment.

Posted by Sohellcc on (June 26, 2011, 18:47 GMT)

INDIAN CRICKET COUNCIL (ICC) DID A VERY BAD PLAN. NEED SOME CORRECTIVE ACTIONS: 1) INDIA SHOULD PLAY ASHES. 2) 3IPL WINDOW, 3 CLT20 WINDOW PER YEAR. 3) 1 INDIAN UMPIRE IN EVERY INDIA TEST MATCH. 4) ICC HQ IN MUMBAI. 5) INDIAN ICC PRESIDENT FOR NEXT 50 YEARS . THEN ONLY INDIA WILL RULEZ IN CRICKET, NO ONE THERE. BUT WHO WILL BE THE OPPONENT.

Posted by serious-am-i on (June 26, 2011, 18:07 GMT)

I think this commenting to be stopped totally, its become a comedy now. It seems people have stopped using brains before commenting. The way I see it, only South Africa and SL have got a bad deal in terms to test matches. ODI's almost all are at an equal level. Bd and Zim could be given more T20 chances though, I don't see any non-bd fan watching a bd match especially test. Look at what's happening to Ind-Windies series, there is no one literally watching the matches. Stop making a fuss and move on. Eng/Aus/Ind have got a good deal, SA/SL little disappointing, PAK/WI - understandable due to the conditions and present state, BD and Zim - could have got better. Ireland is associate so FTP doesn't apply to them as of yet.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 18:02 GMT)

i am no fan of the ipl ..but those blaming the bcci should know tat eng and aus dominated cricket for a lng time and now its our turn

Posted by Lahori_Munde on (June 26, 2011, 17:56 GMT)

@Rahul Ramachandran-Very sensible and thoughtful comment. Well done mate!!

Posted by Lahori_Munde on (June 26, 2011, 17:49 GMT)

@CricSare-Yes I read all the comments here and many few make sense and others are simply whining. Unnecessory whining to say the least and simply blaming BCCI for every little thing. Rather then blaming BCCI, these bloggers need to look at the incompetent of some of the teams and their Cricket Boards? I completely agree with England, Australia and India not hosting teams like Bangladesh..

Posted by ZshanKhan on (June 26, 2011, 17:45 GMT)

@CricSare: Speaking of stats, why don't you go and check Pakistan's record in Australia. If you thought India's record is shameful, pakistans record is humiliating and pathetic.

Posted by homerr on (June 26, 2011, 16:48 GMT)

bcci and icc destroying the beautiful game... disgraceful !!!!!!!!!

Posted by CricSare on (June 26, 2011, 16:45 GMT)

this is the result summary in England by all countries/tests

Team Span Mat Won Lost Tied Draw Australia 1880-2010 161 50 46 0 65 Bangladesh 2005-2010 4 0 4 0 0 England 1880-2011 463 185 107 0 171 India 1932-2007 48 5 23 0 20 New Zealand 1931-2008 50 4 27 0 19 Pakistan 1954-2010 49 10 21 0 18 South Africa 1907-2008 64 11 29 0 24 Sri Lanka 1984-2011 13 2 6 0 5 West Indies 1928-2009 80 29 30 0 21 Zimbabwe 2000-2003 4 0 3 0 1

here INDIA has the 3RD WORST records in English conditions even though they are there since 1932..really really shame.Is this the basement of giving them % match series against Eng????

Posted by spiritwithin on (June 26, 2011, 16:42 GMT)

its england and aus who got the maximum tests in the FTP not india,its not just india but even England not hosting Bangladesh,if other teams does'nt want to play more than 2test match in a series against BD & zim then dont blame india here,if no country wants to play 4match series against Srilanka dont blame only india,y does'nt BD & zim proposed a 5match series between themselves in the FTP?or if all the countries r so worried about BD and Zim then y they did'nt proposed atleast a 4test a series against BD & Zim??nobody's gonna play in pakistan so the 66away match which they got is still very fair enough,y pak did'nt requested aus,ECB or any other board to have a 5match series??is this india's fault??india is responsible for its own fixture and not responsible for others fixture,india is not responsible for eng not hosting BD or other boards not wanting to entertain BD,Zim for longer period...all of u stop cribbing on india which everybody is doing continously

Posted by CricSare on (June 26, 2011, 16:32 GMT)

if you read all the comments posted here people all around the world disgust this particular decision except Indians.that z the reality.WI were the true giants of the game more than for two decades.even they have got least test matches.this kills the rich game call Cricket.this isn't a gentleman's game anymore.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 16:18 GMT)

first of all its not india who are playing most tests its eng ,aus then india and if bcci is dominating in the offices india is dominating india is the country which brings crowds to stadias in most countries and india was the country who played first test against bangladesh and bangladesh were dreaming in 2007 and are dreaming in 2011 and will be dreaming in 2015 but i believe associates all have few odi t20 tours and great to see playing five test series without those greats to we will be a no 1 side

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 16:14 GMT)

@Rahul Ramachandran more help from India to be considered pioneers... not another board that creates rifts... since almost all the boards and most players from different country feel that balance of decision is tilted towards India..

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 14:55 GMT)

@Biplab_bd...India was the first country that toured Bangladesh.

All everyone is doing here is whine, whine, whine. What they don't know is that India's bench strength is as good, if not better than most. So i'm not really sure about all these premature predictions about India going down the rankings once SRT, RD, VVS, Zaheer retire. Look, SA should get more tests for sure, as they have been in the top 3 in test cricket for the last 10 years. Bangladesh and Zimbabwe should have got more because they need support.

And it's so boring to read all these misinformed ideas about how India is "ruining cricket". No, they aren't. They're keeping the game alive by pumping millions of dollars into it. Yes some decisions are more than questionable, but on the whole the BCCI has tried to help associates by ensuring that they can qualify for the 2015 WC and they help close international barriers between teams through interaction of players in the IPL. Overall, they have had a positive impact.

Posted by Icyman on (June 26, 2011, 14:26 GMT)

I like this one....ICC planning to shunt out Bangladesh and Zimbabwe which are clearly the weakest of the lot. I was half expecting a two tier system but this looks like a good one.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 14:25 GMT)

ICC + BCCI BOTH ARE GREEDY FOR MONEY, THEY ARE NOT DEDICATED FOR THE WORLD CRICKET....SHAME ON YOU INDIA.....

Posted by AKS286 on (June 26, 2011, 14:18 GMT)

@javed rana if bangladesh won then it called shock . but any other team won then it called WIN. irish dutch team is better than bangladesh. bangladesh never won a match convincely. IPL is more imp. than world cups and any other matchs.

Posted by danuk87 on (June 26, 2011, 13:57 GMT)

wow 5 test matches for india in eng 2014 no tendulkar, dravid or even zahir khan, lolzz

Posted by Outswinging on (June 26, 2011, 13:41 GMT)

Folks, cricketing decisions are now based on the cold, hard facts of economic realities. The powers that be have decided that the lower countries would not generate the appropriate/acceptable levels of gate receipts and television rights. That's the 21st century reality. But how do the powers hedge against changing fortunes or increased parity amongst teams?

Posted by Sankar_CricketManiac on (June 26, 2011, 13:39 GMT)

Mr.Biplab, before posting comments better know the facts. India was the first nation who played test agnst Bangladesh. Infact even last year I still remember, Sehwag underestimating BAN and Shahdat bowled well on the first day. But BAN lost. It was agnst India that BAN first posted above 400. So India never showed disregard, but u r showing disregard to cricket by posting such false facts. I m sorry to say this. Everybody is agnst India and say that India are weak agnst pace. But is it that all the other nations are strong in all depts?? All have their weaknesses, but the one who plays better on the day wins. Tats cricket. So lets not fight based on nationality blame each other

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 13:38 GMT)

Rather than doing this sort of harassments to Bangladesh & Zimbabwe, why don't ICC/BCCI revoke there test status!!!! We can expect more & more greedy, one sided decisions in future from BCCI led ICC!!!!

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 13:35 GMT)

Not sure about everyone else but for me international cricket becomes less attractive the more I hear about how it is run and hence I am less and likely to watch - and this saddens me as its a game I grew up loving

Posted by swat1999 on (June 26, 2011, 13:19 GMT)

Might is Right. Not a good job for ICC, Planned FTP is poorly plannned. They ignore Pakistan, Srilanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. This is the ugly face of commercial cricket.

Posted by Dale-force_winds_steyn_the_pitch on (June 26, 2011, 13:17 GMT)

What about a Test Championship? I'd like to see a few "Test" tiers where the top ten play in a tier, next best ten in the next tier etc. From there, the bottom team gets relegated, top team gets promoted, and 2nd from the bottom plays 2nd from the top (of the tier below) in a play-off. This way, minnows that improve a lot (like Afghanistan and Ireland) can replace minnows undeserving of a spot (Like Zimbabwe) in the main "Test" league. Only matches in the top tier would be considered "Test matches", whereas matches below would be considered "International First Class". I think this system would put pressure on teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to perform so that they could maintain their place as a "Test Nation".

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 13:12 GMT)

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Posted by babarhuq on (June 26, 2011, 13:08 GMT)

wow!wow!

a clear discrimination of power. Bangladesh & Zimbabwe the 2 deprived nations are the playing tools for the majors to enrich their statistics!

i wish ICC would check the status of all countries at the age of Bangladesh as test playing country considering the multi format of games players need to play now a days, no 3-day test exists, umpires biased decisions etc.

had ashoka de silva decided honestly in multan test against pakistan, the whole history todate since then could have been different for Bangladesh. anyone can argue, but who would argue that confidence is key to perform the skill?

look at the performance of bangladesh as team & individual in the debut test of India. had been given enough opportunity to nourish them to flourish with test temperament?

Commercially dominating India actually ruining the basic essence of cricket, when you mean it as noble game. Though i don't deny India's greatest contribution by market economy to allow new formats popularize.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (June 26, 2011, 13:00 GMT)

Slap in the face to South African cricket. They have tied with India both at home and away, yet are ranked with SL. Australia clearly still have a lot of power as they are among the top 3, even though SL are higher ranked (and honestly the slightly better team).

Posted by Farukafaj on (June 26, 2011, 12:58 GMT)

Guys wait and see till the end of this year. India's supremacy in Test cricket is going to over soon . They are going lose to England next month and to Australia at the end of this year badly ... then what will happen to India!!!

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 12:50 GMT)

"dont give chances to bangladesh" isnt it??but dose countries 4got about their defeats i guess....firstly da india....w/c 2007 elimanated bcoz of thier defeat 2 bd.....da kiwis being whitewashed by bd dat also in bd!!!england, austrailia and srilanka cud atleast save their self respect from being defeated...but still got once from bd....england forgot their defeat to ireland in w/c 2011 i guesS??...in short i wanna say dat countries lyk bangladesh ,ireland shud get chances!!!

Posted by somu1984 on (June 26, 2011, 12:33 GMT)

Looking at the popularity of the game, I think we should go for soccer type of renovation in FTP. All the 10 test playing nations should be seeded and then categorised into 2 division. The performance of these division be monitored on yearly basis and top performer from the division 2 be promoted into the Elite group whereas the bottom finish from Elite group be demoted to lower division. With this we can bring more competion amongst all teams trying to outdo each other. All the matches be played on home and away basis. With this everybody will have a fair chance to compete with each other.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 12:09 GMT)

East or West India, England, Australia are the best. Play within yourselves..& then publish a ranking best three teams in the world...shame on ICC. I think this the right time to boycott ICC..and BD, Zim, Ireland, Scotland, Nedarland, Afghanistan, UAE, and other team should form a different cricketing body.

If ICC do not want these countries to play cricket so why they want to arrange a world cup taking all these countries. Arrange a world cup with only India, Australia & England.

Ban ICC from governing cricket. They have no right to be governing body of a game like cricket.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 12:03 GMT)

This preferential system is an affront to the sensibilities of cricket lovers. Sure we want to see the best, but we also want to see the underdogs put up a fight and prove misguided governing bodies wrong. Imagine if India had never got to play Australia or England during their formative years, would we be where we are today? The health of a sport like cricket thrives on the diversity of its participants and it's sad to think that we won't really be playing Pakistan or Sri Lanka all that often. Bangladesh deserve more as well, they will only get better if given the opportunity

A sport should at its very core be about the people who watch it. For without them, there is nobody to witness what transpires in the arena. By bearing witness they bear testimony to the stupendous acts of genius, endurance and spirit its combatants put themselves through. Instead what we are increasingly witnessing is a crass commercialisation which unravelling the ethos of the game.

Posted by Dale-force_winds_steyn_the_pitch on (June 26, 2011, 11:48 GMT)

What about South Africa? They are ranked 2nd in Tests, but get about 20 less Tests than 5th placed Australia and 25 less than 3rd ranked England! Something's wrong here...

Posted by Biplab_bd on (June 26, 2011, 11:48 GMT)

India is the nation who did not visit Bangladesh since the country received test status. This is the disgusting way of showing disregard to a test playing nation. I will request BCB not to host India further. They must respect others in order get it from others. ICC again proved that they are Indian Cricket Council not International by designing their FTP.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 11:46 GMT)

Referring to CricSare'r comment, most of the countries are unwilling to go Pakistan & play cricket. In such condition how can you afford to give Pakistan so many away matches? India is making a joke of themselves by not hosting Bangladesh for a single test!!!! BCC should come up with strong voice against that. & why on earth there should be some window for IPL???? Come on its a domestic cricket league!!!! Poor ICC...

Posted by la_bazza on (June 26, 2011, 11:45 GMT)

This is appalling!! i I actually can't believe this could be set in stone. Among so many other things just think of India. Sure they are a top top unbelievable test side but in two years when VVS, Tendulkar, Dravid, perhaps are gone and Zaheer is fading they will be mediocre at best. They will go to England/Australia and for five tests the English/Aussie players will proceed to pad their stats to extraordinary heights.

Posted by Monjur_Elahi on (June 26, 2011, 11:45 GMT)

Clearly a greedy schedule, favouring the cricket business, particularly IPL and sidelining the younger tems - not only with tests but also with ODIs. Understandable as ICC needs money coming and the feeders must be prioritised. The polarisation is clear; I hope ICC finalises an FTP which is more evenly distributed; not as an effort to who plays what, but to prove that it is working towards the cricketing globalisation. I am sad to see that fans are talking ill of each other. WE LOVE CRICKET.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 11:36 GMT)

How poor Indian Cricket Board. They'll come in Bangladesh for playing cricket but won't host. So you can easily say Indian Cricket Gambling Team, not Indian Cricket Team.

Posted by cric4zh on (June 26, 2011, 11:35 GMT)

just wait we will see icc gonna change their name to iicc and world cup cricket will be replaced bythe name indian world cup cricket . its not funny, silent i .... you.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 11:23 GMT)

Those who say that icc is biased with bcci should just look back from where it all started.It was the aussies and english who had all the power in the game just because they played the game hard and entertained the cricketing fans all over the world.Then came the mighty West indians who blew away every other cricketing nation who tried to put a fight against them,then england and australia wanted to play against them and prove themselves.so it was the time of carribbeans then ,but unfortunately they were a group of seperate and small islands they could not give the game of cricket the financial stability like australia and england.This now applies to india,now everybody wants to have a go against india to prove their mettle.Before 1983 india was not a huge cricketing nation like now,but still had the same passion for cricket.So guys dont complain because we indians love cricket more than ourselves,its unfair to battle it here,beat us in cricket may it be in home or away thats the game

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 11:21 GMT)

good system though.but ICC should find a way to reduce the amount of cricket being played so that we can leave the audience wanting for

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 11:16 GMT)

ICC ..= INDIAN CRICKET COUNCIL ..... each team must have equel chance...nd you should make spaces for new comer to reach cricket to the world's peaple...but wht are you doing !!! Only rich teams are having chances ..why ??? these will ruin cricket..... Please think about world cricket not indian cricket...it's a shame ...

Posted by sanath007 on (June 26, 2011, 11:16 GMT)

Sri Lanka should be given the opportunity to play at lease a 4 test series once....never get that opportunity to play more than 3 tests away from home

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 10:30 GMT)

It has been confirmed that the ICC only works for the interests of the big three, other countries can go to hell....... Now they are moving to change the rotation policy because their candidate was rejected........The ICC is a political body and its about time it should be abolished, otherwise cricket would never become a game of the masses .........

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 10:27 GMT)

the test spread should be more even!

Posted by CricSare on (June 26, 2011, 10:26 GMT)

ICC-Indian Cricket Council ~Please change this name to ICCDC "Indian Cricket Council for Destroy Cricket"

Posted by CricSare on (June 26, 2011, 10:21 GMT)

all test playing nations should get equal chances.atleast close to equal. Sad to see what thay have done to Ban, Zim. Where is Pakistan?seems that Indians and Indianated ICC dont want to see Pakistan anymore..nations like Pak,SL,SA should get equal chances with others

Posted by MMHossain on (June 26, 2011, 10:19 GMT)

It is a known fact that people from sub-continent are very passionate about cricket and their national team. We, the people from Bangladesh, are no different. May be we are "over excited" about our team. I am sure people from Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka are also no different. What I am disappointed at is using of the term "bangle people" to refer to people from Bangladesh. I am sure these are better ways of referring to people from one nation. Constructive criticism about the performance of the national cricket team of Bangladesh is acceptable but when someone says (a) "They play less and talk more"; and (b) "…(downgraded) in the same way as bangla cricket", it is anything but derogatory and disrespectful. Time for some editing guys!

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 10:15 GMT)

How about Afghanistan? is there anyone to have information about my country whether it has any tour or not?

Posted by tick on (June 26, 2011, 10:14 GMT)

by the way i request cricinfo managment to make a poll about pakistan's team in champs league should be included or not...and watch geo super for t20 league in pakistan..

Posted by tick on (June 26, 2011, 10:08 GMT)

another side of it...pakistan will not playing in its home turf for next 5 years atleast so playing 66 tests away and neutral is a big thing because not much revenue is generated in neutral venues or away-home scenerios..this is good because pakistan will stay tests almost qual to windies,nz,saf andsri...not bad....YET bcci is not doing good to cricket...a 5 match test series with eng when tendulkar,deavid,laxman,zaheer,sehwag and may be harbhajan would have retired from cricket and team is full of youngs is itself a foolish decision..at least play 1 series against bangla and zimbabwe...note...in top 8 teams india had lost most matches to zimbabwe...don't forget history bcci...

Posted by ZshanKhan on (June 26, 2011, 10:05 GMT)

Pakistani and Bangladeshi fans need to stop worrying about Indian cricket. We have the talent in our country to make sure we remain a dominant team for years to come. Pakistan needs to find players who play for country and not for money and bangladesh.....well bangladesh need to find players who know how to bat and not block and bowlers who are not left arm spinners.

Posted by spiritwithin on (June 26, 2011, 9:58 GMT)

@priyantha123..so u r blaming india for cricket being not popular in the world,may i ask where were these views when eng & aus used to dominate cricket till 2003,y the cricket was not popular like football even though aus & eng ruled ICC for than a century?now that bcci is a dominant power albiet only since 2003 all r accusing bcci as the sole entity responsible for all the ills,thats naive thinking,its BCCI who opposed T20 and almost dicided not to take part in first ever T20WC in 2007 but had to participate after all the other test playing nations agreed to participate,is it india's fault then that T20 is so popular now,y does'nt everybody blames ECB who started the T20 league and was instrumental in introducing T20WC???y nobody raised their voice when subcontinent team were not invited to aus for test series?where r all of u when zim was not invited once in aus till 2003?bcci not inviting BD & zim is wrong but u cant blame bcci if no boards want to play more than 2tests against them

Posted by MAAMBA on (June 26, 2011, 9:55 GMT)

Well done BCCI...Please send Best Team only to countries Like Eng, Aus, SA...For other countries send only youngsters.Give them more chance at least 10 to 20 innings..Best performaer will get chance to play with sachin, dravid against SA, Aus, Eng...Any series with other countries should be treated as domestic match for new comer..So Sachin, Dravid VVS will know when they are going to play in particular year..they will get enough time to spend with family....

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 9:45 GMT)

Indians Crcket Boards are allowes take there won decetion on ICC, ICC dnt have any power dnt have idia they shood be support all cantry same. ICC support only India & AUS why it is....................??????????????

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 9:31 GMT)

@McGorium, actually the BCCI is indirectly in government control and I'm pretty sure it's similar in other subcontinent countries. Thus, the Indian cricket team is definitely representative of India as the officials are democratically elected. Too bad these principals do not extend to the ICC. If countries disagree with the BCCI, then they should be strong enough to oppose the BCCI. It is hugely disappointing to hear that fans of other countries no longer want India to play international cricket. What is more unfortunate than their sentiment is the fact that they are swayed by recent ICC policies that even an Indian fan would even concede are biased. Popcorn is free to have his views, even if they are hugely bigotry. The point is that the English and Australian cricket boards have abused their powers over the last 50 years from not having neutral umpires to giving themselves 2 votes on the imperial council. I am not in favor of any kind of "payback", but one should be aware of history

Posted by Murtaza. on (June 26, 2011, 9:26 GMT)

Zimbabwe, WI and bangladesh ok, but whats wrong with Pakistan and New Zealand cricket, Pakistan are always one of the most talented sides in the world. Its just maybe India don´t want many matches for Pakistan, and ICC just hearing India, because lot of money come from India. If ICC can see then SA are best cricket side along with Australia, so why so much diffrence. Just because of MONEY is HONEY

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 8:55 GMT)

I think this bangla people are over exited about their team, They play less and talk more.First your dont even know how to win or at least draw your home series against top sides and You guys are always crying on BCCI and Indian cricket. 4 years back you won a single match against India,Australia,South Africa and you r dreaming every day will be the same day even after 4 years with out improving your game, If India play a home series with Bangladesh, then with in a few years the Indian cricket will be(downgraded) in the same way as bangla cricket

Posted by spiritwithin on (June 26, 2011, 8:50 GMT)

@Meety.. >>>Self interest was never this blatant under the Ozzy/Pommy veto powers>>in the era of veto powers aus & eng always used to give excuses while inviting subcontinent team.... pakistan was invited to aus 13yrs after becoming a test nation and again in 1972 after 8yrs,india was invited to aus 16yrs after they became a test playing nation,the second invitation was on 1964 another 16yrs long wait,Zimbabwe was invited to australia in 2003 which is again 12 yrs after they got their test status in 1992 and is their only tour down under till date...stop cribbing about bcci bias all the time,now sports is both a business & entertainment,more tests were alloted to those teams for which their r more interests shown by the fans worldwide and hence more businesins,who will pay and watch a 5test series between BD & eng?its all about fans interests which in turn promotes more business

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 8:49 GMT)

I find it ridiculous that Tony Greig is criticising the window to IPL...after reading his article in an English newspaper one gets the feeling that he is against Indians having their say in ICC..IPL is the leading cricket tournament in the world now and it makes money for all and entertains millions of fans worldwide.His views that Indian Influence in ICC is not good for world cricket is just ..sour grapes from a confused mind and rootless person.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (June 26, 2011, 8:48 GMT)

Who plays who should be up to the boards, not the ICC. That was how it always used to be and that is the way that works. Let ICC add in some special tournaments and such and otherwise let the boards decide who they want to play against. That's the way that works. Overall, though, I do agree that the not so good teams should play less cricket. Let them earn the right to play regularly.

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (June 26, 2011, 8:44 GMT)

@meety, you are wrong..self interest were always there when England and Australia used to have veto powers because they don't play with srilanka ,India at all. They only played with west Indies and England more often. Now also same but the power is reversed here..Now when India generates more income,CA schedules more series with India.so no one can't be blamed as aus and eng created this scenario long before..

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 8:31 GMT)

I don't know how to write this, nothing is feeling right here. I can say that I am severely disappointed or I can whine like a little kid, but I won't. I guess I saw this coming a long time ago. 10-15 years back it was Australia who ere dominating both cricket and so called ICC, but today it's all some one else( I am not gonna mention the name here). When success gets onto your head this happens. I get it, we( Bangladesh) did not performed that well. But we are gradually improving, we are on course. But limiting the amount of game for us is not going to help/improve our cricket at all. like Simon Katich said a few days back "you give nuts, you get monkeys". One more thing, guys from a certain country is actually defending this. I think you forgot the days when Aussies did the same thing to you and you fought back, good for you. But now you are walking at the same path and history will repeat itself, it always does. The passion that we have for cricket is unmatched. We are fighters.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 8:31 GMT)

Its nOt gd fOr Pakistanis =] ICC shOuld think abOut Pakistan nOt OnlY abOut Indians...! Afteral we r Pride Of dis game withOut Pakistani PlaYers Cricket is nOt cOmPlete =]

Posted by iccchariman on (June 26, 2011, 8:25 GMT)

Guys, Every one blames IND or ENG for not inviting BD ZIM for tours. Countries like BD,ZIM,WI all should nurture their talent and start winning matches atleast in home series.For instance India is touring BD in their shcedule. Take up the challenge and atleast draw the series at home soil if you cant beat them. Then you will be rated as a quality team.So the important factor is in these minnow countries their govt should do something proactively to grow cricket. Minnows touring IND ENG or SA for test series wll no way help you to improve cricket. It has to come from with in the country. All these top teams are visiting you. You guys prove that you can beat them at your home gorund. Else, no point in cribbing about top 5 teams playing more cricket than the minnows.

Posted by tick on (June 26, 2011, 8:24 GMT)

usa and china along with russia,germany,france and brazil must be encouraged to develop their cricket in next 20 years...than we will see the might of BCCI and indian cricket giving 80% revenue to icc and bla bla bla....

Posted by priyantha123 on (June 26, 2011, 8:23 GMT)

In summary.....

1) Cricket is a game which only a few privileged countries can play. Even if certain other nations have the test status that is only for the name. ICC should be independent body (not part of BCCI) and should provide equal chance to all test playing nations. 2) ICC has no plans to globalize the game for the next 20 years. This is very clear. Can anyone argue against this??? At this rate it will take more than another 10 years to make cricket popular like foot ball. Why foot ball is popular? because it does not have a selfish country like India trying to dominate. 3) IPL will become a global event by 2020! ICC world cup will be no. 02 in the agenda.

Posted by Semer on (June 26, 2011, 8:20 GMT)

Ireland are ready?Only by facing Zimbabwe.Football Ireland is getting brighter and stronger.

Posted by mitgop11 on (June 26, 2011, 8:17 GMT)

hmmm.. so, what happens to the test championship now ? you cannot create a championship without a level playing field.. can you ?

Posted by Baundele on (June 26, 2011, 8:15 GMT)

BCCI, with all its greed for short-term money, will be the the cause of the downfall of Indian cricket.

Posted by rshn on (June 26, 2011, 8:09 GMT)

Fair enough! India deserves the fair share of the big games, they are best side in the world!

Posted by Lovetesh on (June 26, 2011, 7:59 GMT)

FTP makes absolute sense. As far as Test cricket is concerned, best teams should play more often. No point in distributing tests evenly. ODIs and T20s are evenly distributed so that is a fair decision. I only feel for good associates like Ireland who don't get too many mathches.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 7:55 GMT)

I reject FTP ICC is world wide cricket organization, We all know about the influence of BCCI in ICC but even then..... what a phrase in this coulumn ,more test allocated to top test playing nation, is Pakistan not a top test playing nation???? We all know about India of 90's and early 2000's, and we will know after retirement of sachin, Dravid and Laxman...

Instead of helping Pakistan ICC is killing all the interest of Pakistani fans in cricket... and i think its bad for world cricket I Reject FTP

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 7:54 GMT)

Think about the improvment of cricket.....not about the bussiness......if u do so it getting a painful game day by day........if few countries get more facilities they will improve and what about others.....they should nothing to do play better cricket..............!!!

Posted by ziazai on (June 26, 2011, 7:48 GMT)

To read this draft, I am really worried about a gentlemen game. This draft is absolutely designed for INDIA & IPL. It is vey bad approach that by not giving enough space for teams like Zimbabwae & Bangladesh. It is unfair with them. I think ICC should rethink about their policies and stop India to capture World of Cricket. May be my words seems to be against India but the fact is fact. Cricket should revive to its original. Money is not everything. There is a lot of problems in the world and we should take cricket as an entertainment game, that it was. Hope for things better.

Posted by McGorium on (June 26, 2011, 7:37 GMT)

@ Sankinepali: Oh please. Save your sanctimony for issues that really matter. Not since the late 70's (packer cricket) has cricket been played only for the joys of playing it. It's a full time profession now, and many pro. cricketers don't have the qualifications to be employed as office boys after they retire. It's ridiculous to claim that someone's right to make a decent living is spoiling your enjoyment of their profession. So what if they put club before "Country". BTW, what is Country anyway? A private club (CA, ECB, BCCI etc) that has been granted the monopoly by other similarly constituted clubs (together called the ICC) to represent a country. Most, if not all these clubs are not under government control, and transitively, not accountable to the people who elected said government. What "Country" representation are we talking about here? I can float a "Cricket India" club and claim that my team is "India". I just need CA, ECB and co. to de-recognize BCCI and recognize mine.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 7:18 GMT)

@m2pu you are not indian and that is why you dont know what is happening here, this is only the start of indian domination of world cricket, and other sports. India never had a sports culture, but now facilities, salaries for cricketers, etc. are only getting better by the day. I am Waiting for dravid, tendular and laxman to retire, becas we have better players waiting in the ranks.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 7:12 GMT)

Great move by ICC. It is BS to bash BCCI, as Eng plays more test than India. Except for having SA playing less games I guess the schedule is based on ratings and interest among the followers. Maybe SA could get more games in the final draft.

In 11 years Bangladesh if could not come close to winning India even with a home advantage - how are the going to beat India in India? Zim and Bang have not improved in a decade and even 42 tests are too many to prove themselves. Win 30 out of 42 and you can have more tests. I hope most major cricketers skip 2014 Bang tour to focus on IPL, giving some sense of competition to Bang.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 7:02 GMT)

Is this a solution to boycott FTP by BD and ZIM. Gud joke it is. Its true that they could have more matches thn they have in the FTP. It wont cost anyone if they boycott FTP. This is just nonsense. BD will have to prove that they deserve more matches by winning wht they have got. BD is nt that much mighty that they can fight against ICC. IND, SA, Eng are having more matches as they play more competitive cricket and people love to attend these matches. So first prove that BD and ZIM is gud team enyf to have more matches. Boycott is nt gnna b da solution fr sure!

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (June 26, 2011, 6:57 GMT)

What a joke! ICC appears to be a "spineless" body!! Let's enjoy the farce instead of cricket!!!

Posted by Meety on (June 26, 2011, 6:54 GMT)

@Sabbir007 - I think that the Bangas & Zimbabwe have a about the right amount of tests - except that they should of played home & away v India. The worst aspect of the FTP is that it doesn't allow for Irish or Afghani representation at Test level in that time. I think Ireland will be ready inside 4yrs. @banglafan - agreed mate. Whilst a Banga tour of India would not rake in the big bucks it is way harder to sell for Australia. So what I imagine will happen is that the Bangas will play out of season in Oz. Probably Darwin & Cairns/Townsville. -- -- -- PNG, Ireland & Scotland should be added to the Test playing nations so that we can break the BCCI hold on the game. Self interest was never this blatant under the Ozzy/Pommy veto powers!!!!

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 6:49 GMT)

Man so much antagonism , Look here India won fair and square , Yes We do have a great Captain and you are right about Tendulkar Dravid and Co, but you know it is an insult to the current drop , because everyone tried hard and deserves a pat . So all the tunnel visioned upset at India winning or doing well Be Happy for India and if you can not then keep quiet , manners dear boys and girls .

Posted by Meety on (June 26, 2011, 6:39 GMT)

@Emancipator007- some good arguements! Unless there is a fairly level/even home & away series of fixtures - whats the point of having a ranking system - it would be warped. Also the IPL window is obviously BBCI created. -- -- -- From an Ozzy point of view - I think Cric Oz should say to their players - if you want to play IPL, you are ineligible for a central contract. -- -- -- Not anti Champions League Window as much as it is multi-national, but I think it should be taken over by the ICC to get some fairness about it. I mean potentially 4 IPL sides is too many given they are bolstered heavily by foreign players.

Posted by smanzur on (June 26, 2011, 6:38 GMT)

THIS IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS. AT LEAST ONE HOME AND ONE AWAY SERIES WITH ALL TEST PLAYING COUNTRIES SHOULD BE MANDATORY. ICC, INSTEAD OF GLOBALIZING CRICKET, IS MARGINALIZING EMERGING CRICKETING NATIONS. ONE OTHER EXAMPLE IS THE EXCLUSION OF ASSOCIATE NATIONS FROM THE SO CALLED 2015 WORLD CUP.

Posted by Sankinepali on (June 26, 2011, 6:30 GMT)

This is really bad for overall development of cricket. Iam sorry to say but its countries like India who is ruining it with their lucrative ipl deals which enables the players to forget their country. I thought the game would be developed overall by adding more nations and creating a globally viewed sport but none of this is happening. Really disappointed.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (June 26, 2011, 6:24 GMT)

There must be uniformity on number of tests played in a test series. Every series must have 4 tests with no practise matches; practise games are jokes. A test tour should be completed within 4 intense weeks may be with a few ODI's and T20's. India should host Australia, England and South Africa every four years and tour those countries every 4 years. In the 4th year they should provide opportunities to Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Windies and Bangladesh. There is no point in persisting with Zim. Ireland would do better than Zim in the near future.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 6:16 GMT)

The BCCI tried to organize cricket with Pakistan in 2013 and all the Pakistanis are criticizing the BCCI - ironic. I feel bad for Bangladesh as an Indian, they were unlucky. Having said that, they haven't done themselves any favors in terms of test matches won against top teams.

@m2pu, mate Pakistan doesn't even have test cricket in the country. How is it going to go up? Yes Umar, Azhar, and Asad are good, but Kohli Raina, Rohit Sharma are/will be better. Mohammad Amir is better than Ishant Sharma, so Pakistan's pace bowling will be better. Batting-wise that will never happen.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 5:23 GMT)

It is all about business only, if you don't have enough money don't eat, don't play, and don't mind you have any say. BCCI is ICC .... There are no men in ICC all women I think. I love India and their Cricket but they are too much now.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 5:16 GMT)

All rubbish FTP, it is designed for INDIA only, it true BCCI is so strong these days, but they are not doing any thing for crocket to improve, they are just thinking about money which will destroy cricket. Why other nationes are not playing becasue they know this is only business not a game, shame BCCI

Posted by Deccancharggers1 on (June 26, 2011, 5:07 GMT)

Perfect schedule....India deserves more matches because there are people to see them.I dont think BD,SRILANKA is that big to have matches same as India.I feel for pakistan ,but they ruined themselves.BTW...money is required everywhere...NO POINT IN BARKING FOLKS!!!

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 5:07 GMT)

not much fair enuf! atleast 4 zim-it isn't fair

Posted by cricpolitics on (June 26, 2011, 5:01 GMT)

The fact that a three month window has been created exclusively for IPL and the cahmpions league is just ridiculous. Is cricket being served by this? What are other players supposed to do during those three months who are not playing these leagues? Whose benefit are you serving ICC? Do you even care about cricket? The beauty of cricket has always been and will be the international cricket and not these pathetic leage stage shows like IPL and the champions league. It's about time that a rival international organization is formed.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 4:59 GMT)

Absolutly rubbish, where does Ireland fit into all of this? Ireland should be having just as many ODI's and T20's as Bangladesh and Zimbabwe!!!

Posted by popcorn on (June 26, 2011, 4:54 GMT)

The FTP is unfair to South africa. They are a very competetive side and should be in the Top Four. A 3 Test series between India and England is enough. I predict that New Zealand will surprise many countries,now that the best coach EVER - John Buchanan has taken over as Director of New Zealand Cricket..

Posted by m2pu on (June 26, 2011, 4:54 GMT)

India is on a high these days. Wait when Tendulkar, Dracid, and Laxman retires. They would not be that formidable then. When Pakistan gets Aamir back in about four years, whcih coincides witht the maturation of Azhar, Assad, and possibly Umar, I will bet that Pakistan and likewise West Indies fortunes will go up. England will continue up for a while and then start downward. My predictions for next 10 years : India down. England Up and down, Australia, Down and up, SA: on course, Pakistan : on course and up, West Indiees : On course and up, BA: on course, Sri Lanka: on course, NZL, On course and down, Zim, No opinion. Then it would be fund to hav enew set of top teams. India is overbearing. It will have a bad fall. I am glad, I am not an Indian

Posted by cricpolitics on (June 26, 2011, 4:53 GMT)

Just so that everyone is clear Indian team is not even close to the great Australian team of the 90's or the greatest West Indian team of the 70's and 80's. Indian team is a very mediocre team who just happened to be in a better position at the moment while the other teams and cricket boards have become weaker. Time will tell which team deserved the most matches over the next ten years. Things don't reamin the same forever.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 4:42 GMT)

Its not the number of tests which should be the issue, rather the distribution: How can Zim not to go India or England in 8 years? Thats ridiculous! That distribution has to be adjusted. A country plays 99 tests in 8 years and does not `even host 2/10 test playing teams?

Unbelieveable!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by me54321 on (June 26, 2011, 4:40 GMT)

It's fair enough that the top teams play each other more, as no-one can really enjoy watching a series where only one team has a chance of winning, but why can't the lesser teams play each other more as well? I expect that's the fault of the boards being more concerned about bringing in the TV money than providing interesting cricket for their own fans. I'm not from one of the lower ranked nations, but I would guess that they would get more enjoyment out of watching a more competitive less glamorous match up, than seeing their team being humiliated repeatedly.

Posted by bd_tiger22 on (June 26, 2011, 4:23 GMT)

Why bother. let india, Aus, Eng, PAk, .... enjoy their aristocracy. Form anaother cricket body including BD, ZIM and associates. make two worlds of cricket. Let india enjoy what they want. Let the new cricket world also enjoy. Associates should come forward and extend cooperation to form a new body. BD and ZIM should boycot completely any ICC schedule.

Posted by BeatTheChamps on (June 26, 2011, 4:20 GMT)

Guys, guys.....relax! It's only a draft. It can be modified anytime. While India will most probably end up playing more matches than what's been decided, minnows need not give up hope. PERFORMANCE is the key. matches will come your way!

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 3:46 GMT)

The last time Aus played test series they were about loose a test...but won at the last moment courtesy a missed catch....then the next 13 months there was no test cricket for BD.Result was as expected,the lost lost the match badly.Last year they played well in England ,then another 14 months gap!.ICC is really helping BD cricket to improve!!....and now this schedule!...pathetic...!...miserable for cricket.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 3:38 GMT)

Within 100 years cricket became business man's game from gentleman's game. Kudos to ICC

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 3:22 GMT)

I am not appreciate the ftp. Because you look carefully, it actually is not fever for Bangladesh. Because Bangladesh should play more tests matches and odis matches.

Posted by knowledge_eater on (June 26, 2011, 3:14 GMT)

Why don't Bangladeshi fans and their board support their domestic league properly, this is how you make stronger team and stronger players, not by playing with big guys directly being raw. We already saw how Bangladesh has progressed over the years, not much I say. Didn't coach recently quit? Look at big teams, they all have very well organised domestic games. Show some support their guys, instead of blaming other boards.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 3:09 GMT)

Sitanshu: Your perspective is just about the money, and you are correct in that respect - Bngladesh stands to gain monetarily if India tours them rather than the other way around. However, for Bangladeshi cricket to really improve, Bangladesh must tour other countries and get the experience of playing in foreign conditions. They haven't played a single test in India so far, and it's been over 10 years since they started playing tests. They have played in every other country. It's hard to understand why, unless money is the only factor driving this decision; which should not be the case.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 3:03 GMT)

in the next few yrs we , the people of BANGLADESH will try to stand against any match against INDIA or ENGLAND in BD.......no need to play against them ......... that will not destroy our cricket.... and the money that comes from other series will do...............i really want the US and THE CHINA come very strongly in cricket in next 30 yrs........then something good will happen.......i think INDIA and England will be weaker teams at that time..............

Posted by zimbos_05 on (June 26, 2011, 2:59 GMT)

How do the ICC expect teams to improve if they give the minnows less games. I know its no point giving them lots of games and then they get beaten all the time, but they need to give them teams against teams at times.

Posted by pinhead9810 on (June 26, 2011, 2:45 GMT)

Very interesting, especially the comments from fans. I don't think Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are good enough at test level. Bangladesh beating West Indies hardly proves their credibility at test level. Good to see Pakistan scheduled to play games, would like to see Pakistan scheduled with more test series against India. Ireland should be given chances, if Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are scheduled to play test games. I think the ICC should distribute the test games evenly between the eight test team, this would give a fair amount games for each test playing nation.

Posted by IndiaGoats on (June 26, 2011, 2:36 GMT)

Although the schedule looks unfair to some of the minnow country fans, I would go the extra step. Remove BD, Zim from test status. But let them play a lot more ODIs (including in India). No one wants to watch them play tests, but ODIs are tolerable, plus it will give them a chance to prove their worth. The schedule should then be updated if they improve their success rates.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 2:34 GMT)

they need to give bangladesh more tests if they are to continue to develop

Posted by IndiaGoats on (June 26, 2011, 2:15 GMT)

To folks who say denying more tests to BD and ZIM will kill test cricket, think about the counter argument. It is boring and predictable tests with these teams that will kill cricket. Test cricket has rejuvenated because of the interest in watching teams like Aus, Eng, SA, India. Pakistan, too, but they are killing themselves.

Posted by shunmugam609 on (June 26, 2011, 2:09 GMT)

I think ICC should start under19 tournaments or WC particularly in NA and Europe as well. This will make Cricket more popular, and then many nations can start playing Elite Cricket in next ten years like Football World Cup. Cricket would compete with Soccer interestingly then.

Posted by Test_Cricket_Best_Cricket on (June 26, 2011, 1:51 GMT)

If they had allowed minnows in India, the world would have said they are doing so to maintain top spot by beating lesser teams... Comeon everybody, get a life..

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 1:18 GMT)

I appreciate the concerns being raised by my Bangladeshi and Zimbabwean friends, but if you look carefully, it actually makes sense for both BD and India.

From a cricketing perspective - Personally, even though I am based in the UK, I usually get up early in the morning - 5am - to watch an India test against most. But, the fact is that of the test is against BD or ZIM I rarely do so. Additionally, when IND plays BD in BD, then BD will be more competitive, and can actually give India a fight.

From a financial perspective - A cricket board usually makes tons of money when India tours that country. So, when India tours BD, BD board makes money. But, BD will not make money if BD tours IND. Thus, in exchange not inviting you tour India, if IND plays a couple of extra ODIs in BD, then BD board is the one that is better off.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 1:08 GMT)

Very disappointing indeed, very biased. Why dont the India make two teams and play against each other.

Posted by Venki_indian on (June 26, 2011, 1:04 GMT)

Pple dont like india dominiating the cricketing world, the same thing happened for australia when they are on top... @bangladesh fans do you pple think Bangla should play as many tests as india playing...you must be kidding then..40 tests are more than enough for them ..if they play more than that pple lose interest on cricket, :)

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 1:03 GMT)

@MeowCat, get Shakib's name right and Shakib is 24, many many years left before he retires!

Posted by SagarPan on (June 26, 2011, 0:35 GMT)

The world is getting more and more cynic and obsessive. Everybody is frustrated with other country. India feel Aussie & Eng ruled. Now they say India supported SLanka to outst Aussie nomination for ICC president etc. etc. One thing which I am not sure if anyone understands that neither BCCI is powerful nor the cricket team. The powerful is India's passionate population, who pays to watch cricket. With the growing economy in India corporates are paying huge amount to benefit their reaches through the most populated cricket audience. In this world, money is might. Whether its China, US or any country which have money. The ppl of Eng who feels IPL destroys cricket, are the most fanatics fans for MU and Chelsea players. They make them Gods rather than their cricket players. Then they do not say we will watch only international matches, but every person, news channels are gung-ho about EPL matches and all. The same ppl are crazy abt Federer/ Nadal/Murray. But they dont play for country.

Posted by VivaVizag on (June 26, 2011, 0:06 GMT)

It is about time to adopt a 2-tier system in Test cricket. India, Eng, SA, AUS, SL would be in Tier 1. Tier 2 would comprise: WI, PAK, NZ, BD. The draft plan is a step in that direction, me thinks.

Posted by mightymf2000 on (June 25, 2011, 23:48 GMT)

This is riduclous. All countries should be able to play all of the other conutries. Both England and India should be able to host or play against Bangledesh and Zimbawe to make it a fair system. The ICC should stand up and say that India and England have to play some tests against those two countries beetween 2012 and 2020. Also ADD IRELAND THEY DESERVE IT.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 23:45 GMT)

It means that Bangladesh and Zambawe have no place in India for TEST cricket in next EIGHT long years, India should simpally say to them " we don't want you in INDIA for test cricket." Pakistan allready have other issues going to play in INDIA. The bottom line is India don't care. ICC should look in to this otherwise Cricket will go down further in these countries. How you can make these countries cricket better if you do not want to play with them. Its BAD for the game of cricket you are trying to kill cricket in Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and to promote IPL and ICC's T20 cricket. Shame Shame and Shame !!!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 23:22 GMT)

What is wrong with you people? BCCI this... BCCI that... everyone has their say and can have a gap for IPL if they want to. If they want to they can and most are! BCCI haven't pressurised any nation to have a gap for IPL! I don't understand why everyone gets so touchy when they see BCCI in any artical. Think about what your supported nation's board is doing to promote cricket in the country. I think nations are looking for India to come play in their country, series with India in it brings the most revenues! Just like english counties, who are looking forward to having India in England, all the matches are sold out! I wouldn't be suprised if the warm up games are sold out!

Posted by TwitterJitter on (June 25, 2011, 23:22 GMT)

Here is a simple logic that people here don't comprehend. The FTP tours are decided by boards sitting with each other and working it out. If SA, SL, Zim, BD, or Pak need more tests they can just schedule bi-lateral test tours among themselves and ICC will approve it. India, Eng, or Aussie boards are not preventing other boards from scheduling more matches among themselves. But, people here whine about BCCI not playing their countries. India does not have to play them more. Nothing is stopping them from scheduling test tours among themselves. The reason they do not schedule test tours among themselves is they cannot find sponsors and broadcasters and most of these end up in losses unless one of the big three play them. You can hardly blame big 3 for that. If they are not financially sustainable unless they play big 3 then cricket is unsustainable. No one asks these logical questions.

Posted by Finn92 on (June 25, 2011, 23:19 GMT)

So the teams that get routinely criticised for being inexperienced and not up to sufficient standard in Test cricket are rewarded by playing fewer matches? Tell me how they are to be developed and improved? Everyone should play the same number of Tests in the 8 year period, no favouritism, but won't this be all meaningless when the Test Championship comes to fruition as everyone will have to play everyone?

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 22:48 GMT)

this is the wrong direction for the icc to take.'minnows' should be given chances to play india... 1 of zimbabwes 1st test victories was against india if im nt mistaken hence this new group of talented youngstars should be given equal opportunity as did all other nations when they entered test cricket...promote the growth of the game worldwide and india wont hav such a stranglehold on th icc

Posted by o0oPiTBuLLo0o on (June 25, 2011, 22:42 GMT)

Its like a complete domination and dictatorship of BCCI over the cricket as a sport ! It shouldn't be that way !

Posted by serious-am-i on (June 25, 2011, 22:35 GMT)

what the hell are you guys yelling about. This is just FTP, you could always play matches in a free zone. No one is stopping the boards and BCCI is well known for its ways to put in more tours between to get more bucks. So, I will not be surprised to see Ban or Zim playing at least a second rated Indian side in India or their respective nations. Ban and Zim seriously need to pull up their socks. Ireland is an Associate nation and how the hell will an associate team be added to FTP ? Use your brain fellow cricinfo viewers.

Posted by indiaworldchamps2011 on (June 25, 2011, 22:23 GMT)

dont understand these bcci bashers... there is an onofficial window for IPL n not an official window... its various other boards who decided not to have any fixtures during that time so that their players can play for IPL... its nor BCCI guys its the other boards... so before blaming India n BCCI for everything look in ur own backyard first...

also its the same analogy that people use against india wen they complain abt the umpiring decisions that"either they shud accept the udrs or do not complain against the decisions" .. same way all the boards n their people stand up against BCCI or stop whining... dont blame BCCI wen their own respective boards chicken out..

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 22:22 GMT)

Ever since the intervention of BCCI cricket has become a useless game, I completly stop watching cricket, even with India winning World cup seem nothin becasue next day they started IPL. meaning less FTP>

Posted by ks24funda on (June 25, 2011, 22:15 GMT)

@ Ajmul HUDA : run baby run INDIANs are coming ..... and conquer the world with their talent ,compassion ,Honesty ,softness ,flexibility ,respect to other cultures and HARD WORK .

Posted by Hasso29 on (June 25, 2011, 22:12 GMT)

this totally unjustice to other teams!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 22:05 GMT)

Every team was in the same position where Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are now. India took 20 years to win there first test. How do you forget your own past?

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 22:02 GMT)

everything is about money.....where is cricket??????????????? feeling really sad about cricket.

Posted by tosl on (June 25, 2011, 21:58 GMT)

I posted a few days ago how BCCI continue to ruin the game of cricket. Here is yet more evidence, and probably the most disgraceful decision of all. I suppose the decision to exclude associate nations was equally horrendous. No doubt the BCCi were the vocal party before that. After all they need to do whatever they can to keep the money flowing in.

It's pathetic to see the lack of backbone from the ECB and cricekt australia who are fast becoming their puppets. For SA and SL to be playing less tests than any of those 3 teams is scandalous. International cricket should be expanding and moving forward, instead the BCCI are looking to send the game back 100 years to the beginning of the 20th century when cricket was an elitist sport.

I will reiterate my comment from a previous post, I give it 5 years before international cricket collapses.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 21:44 GMT)

ICC & BCCI don't want's to promote Cricket in other countries nor they have any love and passion for the Sports, all they want's & looking for is MONEY. They can't be called Sports Lover. I believe the day is not that far when they will have to beg to play with the countries they are ignoring now.

Posted by Winsome on (June 25, 2011, 21:43 GMT)

"The ICC is a mere extension of the Indian,English and Australian Boards now." Yes, Zubair Ahmed, couldn't agree more. It would nice if it wasn't shoved down our throat quite as obviously though. What is the point of giving countries test status then refusing to allow them to play many test matches? Very disheartening, I might just start following Associate cricket more than this 'elitist' garbage as at least most of them do it for the love of the game.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 21:29 GMT)

As much as i would like the game to be globalised..Would the people who are blaming the ICC and BCCI for restricting cricket to a few countries tell me how many countries play world-class baseball

Posted by MMHossain on (June 25, 2011, 21:19 GMT)

In view of the draft FTP, I suggest that ICC make an official classification amongst test playing nations. At least ICC would no longer have to claim that they treat all test playing nations equally and without discrimination. Such classification could be done on the basis of the capital of the cricket control board in the respective test playing nations. For example, Class-A could comprise India, Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa while Class-B would consist of Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, West Indies and Zimbabwe. In this regard, ICC may consider first consulting with BCCI before consulting other 9 test playing nations!

With respect, a grown man's decision should also take into account the development of the game all over the world and not just wages of the cricketers playing in IPL, which I suppose does not exceed 300 in number. There are hundreds of other cricketers still trying to earn a living!

Posted by nauroze123456 on (June 25, 2011, 21:13 GMT)

Why is everybody grumbling about the IPL? There is a simple answer to it. Money.Indians invest a lot in cricket. The Big Bash and SLPL are not offering big bucks to the players, the IPL is. The ICC saw this and thus created an unofficial gap. Indian didnt ask for any gap. It is given. BCCI understands that the other countries will ask for a similar window if it is given to them. How can you blame them for a thing which they are given and not asked for? As for the test series regarding Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are concerned, when was the last time you remember them defeating any MAJOR CRICKETING COUNTRY. Here are the stats. out of the 68 matches they have played, they have won only 3, 2 against west indies (when they had a depleted squad) and 1 against Zimbabwe. whereas Zimbabwe have won 8 out of 83 since 1992. i don't want boring test matches. Thats the last thong we need. So stop complaining and enjoy your cricket.

Posted by legstump2009 on (June 25, 2011, 21:06 GMT)

Bangladesh since admission in Test cricket over the last 10 years:

Played over 63 Tests, won only 3!!

Enough said. Hopefully they change this in the next 10 years, and 2020 will see changes to the new FTP.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 21:05 GMT)

Well done !!! thanks for all the support !!! & good job spreading the game !!! Boor the people with 2 or 3 teams playing each other over n over again …..no wonder why ipl and monkey shows like these getting so popular….soon cricket will be a game only played by a few people in India…!!!!

Posted by bharath74 on (June 25, 2011, 21:02 GMT)

Bangladesh may be a weak team but the amount of passion for cricket they have is overwhelming. ICC should reconsider the decision and arrange test series against India.

Posted by Chunati on (June 25, 2011, 21:02 GMT)

Wow incredible. It is a shame that India are yet to invite Bangladesh and on top of that ICC does not have anything planned till 2020. Really no serious comments!!

Posted by kantipur on (June 25, 2011, 20:58 GMT)

FTP should be uniform and everybody should play each other equally. Too many bilateral series between top teams is not good.

India currently boast of being number 1. But what will happen if within one year Sachin, Dravid, Laxman and co retires and zaheer loses his bowling potency. It does not take long to change from great team to rubbish. That's why I think planning too many series between top team for next ten years is not feasible.

Give everybody a chance.

Posted by CricEshwar on (June 25, 2011, 20:51 GMT)

When it is mentioned unofficial window, what is all the fuss about. As you can see, it is the respective boards which have left the window for IPL not India or ICC. England, WI and New Zealand have still scheduled matches. Which of you naive bunch thinks cricket is played for passion and not money. Don't you consider the number of people employed in this industry, the number of new stadiums being built, capacity to run non-earning domestic cricket etc etc. Nobody's pays them passion, everyone need money. No offense guys, even Cricinfo doesn't run the site for passion, they do it for business. And how is IPL destroying cricket? If you consider a grown man's decision about his priorities as an external influence, then you have to grow up.

Posted by MitulP on (June 25, 2011, 20:51 GMT)

There is no need to change the name. the only thing is that India is the only nation that earn more money to ICC than any other country. but they have to encourage new countries too, to play competetive cricket.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 20:50 GMT)

What's really ICC stands for... "International Cricket Council" or INDIAN CRICKET COUNCIL? Shame on ICC (a powerless organization)...

Posted by chokkashokka on (June 25, 2011, 20:48 GMT)

all these whiners yapping on about BCCI - instead of whining try to improve yourself just like India and BCCI did. Where were they 30 years ago - they were not that different from the minnows. They worked hard and made good responsible decisions and look what they have achieved - and they will achieve even more. Nothing is handed to you in life - maybe in 30 years these guys can get there - LOL.

Posted by MeowCat on (June 25, 2011, 20:46 GMT)

Bangladesh should become Minnows,they are too weak,the media hates them,Zimbabwe got find more young players. In my oppinion,IRELAND need to get Test series OVER BD,BD are a terrible team,after Shakib ali hasni retires they have nobody.

Posted by MMHossain on (June 25, 2011, 20:39 GMT)

@ Piyush999: After reading your comment I am surprised and disappointed at the same time that you think that way about the minnows of cricket. You have expressed your observations on the cricket of the minnows in terms similar to that of the great Sidhu or Mandira. I just hope BCCI does not endorse your views in justifying their decisions/activities. However, I do agree with you on the issue of Ireland. Thankfully people like Sanjay Manjrekar, Harsha Bhogle are still out there trying to make the game of cricket more popular in other countries and broaden the horizon.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 20:38 GMT)

before starting the world cup 2011...BCCI told that their should be a series between BANGLADESH vs India within 2012...and now they are not want to make a series between BANGLADESH vs india till 2020...in India...ICC should take this matter seriously...because Bangladesh haven't any test series in India...and ICC also should take a step to made a good FTP for All the cricket playing country...who are registered by ICC to play the World cricket...and ICC authority have to very honest to make a decision how they take any step which is harmful for cricket....

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 20:34 GMT)

Is Tariq Engineer the official anti-BCCI writer in cricinfo? Both England and India do not host BD and Zim. But he does not highlight the fact. I can understand India not holding the series because of 2 month window for IPL, but what is the reason ECB is not hosting?

Posted by ather_aziz on (June 25, 2011, 20:31 GMT)

I think cricekt will turn into soccer when players will actually play more for their clubs every year than for their country a sad thing to say but its the future :(

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 20:21 GMT)

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 20:18 GMT)

ICC >>> What is its elaboration? Some says International cricket council....Damn it!! Its Indian cricket Council !! Really amazed with the schedule ICC made. they leave space for an unofficial cricket tournament so called IPL . What will they do if Australia & Srilanka claims for space for their Big Bash or SPL respectively? The only thing they can do is to change their name to "Indian Cricket Council"(ICC)

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 20:16 GMT)

How many test/odi matches need to be sacrificed for IPL! There is room for IPL (Indian domestic league) in every year! why not for other countries? poor ICC... BCCI is destroying cricket... India will not play test with Bangladesh & Zimbabwe in India till 2020. but they will play IPL every year. Is it to develop cricket world or to destroy cricket! IPL s/be banned by all boards.. save ICC from Indians.. save cricket from these gamblers.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 20:09 GMT)

this is a real joke. india is ashamed to invite bd for any kinds of matches?? i thnk bd too shoudnt allow any match against india

Posted by Arshad.Hossain on (June 25, 2011, 20:02 GMT)

Can anybody answer me from the experience of recent world cup... 1. Which country's people are the most crazy about cricket? 2. Which country did arrange most passionate ceremony of all time for cricket (even though they are considered as minnow/poor)? 3. People of which country did spend 3/4 days(+nights) on street in line just to get a ticket? 4. In the history of cricket, number of fans gathered outside the stadium was much more than inside the stadium during a cricket game, who were they?

.... congrets to ICC (and BCCI) to give such a great reward/gift to them. Yes, they deserve it because they are minnow.

Posted by nvpar on (June 25, 2011, 20:00 GMT)

@ Emancipator007, 'SL's players were threatened. Most talented T-20 players -Pakistanis are not allowed to play in IPL'... On the one hand you support some players not to be in IPL, on the other hand you support some players to be in IPL. Make up your mind first.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 19:51 GMT)

Now that the ICC has allotted an unofficial window for the IPL, countries like Australia and South Africa would also want one. This move will spell doom for international cricket.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 19:49 GMT)

It is really an unfair decision again BD ....... as they r not the best in the world they need more matches to prove others.... however the BCCI has he trophy wid hem so they hve the power too ... bt they r misusing it rght now...... for example Sakib al hasan was taken 4 ipl and he proved himself... there is players lik Tamim, ASh and Kayes ................ hope he repo earned by Sachin doesn't get spoiled by the board!!!!!

Posted by Natesan333 on (June 25, 2011, 19:44 GMT)

The world is now a meritocracy folks, get use to it. India, England, Aus have proven their worth. Honestly how many would like to watch India vs Ban over India vs Aus or Eng? If the lower order teams want a larger piece of the pie, then let them prove their worth among themselves, we will see who can scrape their way through, till then don't bother the big dogs.

Posted by gothetaniwha on (June 25, 2011, 19:32 GMT)

The top three get bigger richer and more powerful - no wonder the gap is getting wider every other nation gets less revenue but except them 5 test series are you kidding me ! , I think the time is right for another Kerry Packer to come along and shake up world cricket again - just imagine a world wide 20/20 yearly league with a superbowl like finish , they could have 8/10 teams in each league and have one in england , Africa ,Oceania ,America , 2 in Asia that way it would kill off IPL and Im sure theres enough billionaires in the world that all have big egos to own a team .

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 19:26 GMT)

this is sick!! why only 41/42 for bangladeshis???? icc is never fair.

Posted by piyush999 on (June 25, 2011, 19:20 GMT)

@bangladeshi fans...wat r u thinking guys....ur team hasnt done anything of note in last 11 years since playing test cricket,,wat else do u expect the icc 2 do..there is a level of patience...okkk.tell me 1 test which u have won or even competed against a top ranked nation....the answer is none..infact bangladesh and zimbabwe should be even banned from odi's too...ireland should be given the exposure ..they have got some serious talent....i mean c'mon who wants 2 see bangladesh losing 1 match after other.........getting humiliated day in day out...i suppose even bangladesh fans r sick and tired of their team's pathetic record.....and shakib and tamim said on eve of wc opener against india...that we can win the wc.....hahhahahahhaha.....

Posted by devil_in_details on (June 25, 2011, 19:20 GMT)

I am ok with schedule etc. It makes sense. My question about the draft is a bit different and maybe some of the more knowledgeable fans can explain this- but isnt the number of days India is playing cricket too less? I mean in a typical year, 11 tests and 21 one day matches and probably 5 t20s= only 80 days of international cricket out of 365 days in a year! or am i missing something...i remember at one time India used to play 40-42 one dayers a year!

Posted by ashfak59200 on (June 25, 2011, 19:18 GMT)

its not d way to let the least strong teams to revive!

Posted by CricSare on (June 25, 2011, 19:17 GMT)

India everywhere only with what they want.seems that other countries are under india.Is this the way ICC look forward to improve the game?all must have equal fair chances to play against every team.that will make good nations in cricket.furthermore that will help to globalize cricket.What they have done to Pakistan?they are equally stand with india in cricket when we consider history..but with records Pakistan is way ahead than india.they got greater records in Aus,Eng and SA.When we consider the records SL got most impressive short term success.they are the fastest to create history.we need more things like that.for that ICC must give chances to the other nations.they should not dance according to the indian music.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 19:12 GMT)

zimbabwe and bangladesh desrve better deal. by the way two ashes series in a year is goin to be just too much. and just bcoz india are no.1 in tests as on now bcci may be interested in agrreing for 90 odd tests.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 19:06 GMT)

All those people who are criticizing ICC for the FTP, should know that ICC doesn't distribute number of tests randomly to test playing nations. Test playing nations first decide among themselves and then come up with the proposal where they agree with each other to play a given number of tests. And then ICC discussed the schedule and approves it. It cannot force any member board to play a series with any another member board at home. The number of tests to be played are decided by the boards considering the significance, revenue and interest of people. in 1990's England West Indies hosted India just once, Australia hosted India after 8 years in 1999. Noone questioned anyone then. Why now.stop cribbing and rather improve the standard of cricket in your country

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 19:06 GMT)

I hope everyone understands, my point of view. Somehow, you people don't like India to dominate in cricket. Is this only a problem of India? If not then, why they hell in this world u put such a title? For u bureaucratic people, it's a bitter pile to swallow that a nation like India dominates a sport which has a rich origin :)

But unfortunately my friends ur time is over. Just sit back and enjoy the game

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 19:02 GMT)

Thats not ICC decision mate, that's the decision of BCCI. These kinds of things will stop new teams from coming up better way. What if India falls into deepest position in test ranking basket??? Will these fixtures be changed??? There is no reason for Indian to feel that good times will always be there!!!! look at West Indies now

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 18:57 GMT)

i dont know how are Indian stands filled during test matches..like there were no people even when Sachin hit his 100 th 100

Posted by Shafin1987 on (June 25, 2011, 18:56 GMT)

Looks like IND and England are afraid to lose against Bangladesh and ZIMBABWE on their own soil.This two team will play around 200 tests rather other 2 teams will play 83 tests.How can you guys expect better cricket from this 2 sides.......avg 5 tests will be played by them while bigger 2 teams will play 11/12 tests per year. Shame...........If u think they r weak side,let them play more...........to improve performances...............Mind it INDIA took 20 years to win their first test.....they r playing good cricket for the past 5 years.ENGLAND lost 2 of their last 3 ODIs.How can they take this decision not to invite BANGLADESH.........specially last year BD performed well on their soil.....their crowed enjoyed....they afraid,next time they will lose to BANGLADESH.well.....whatever happened in the FTP.......we don't care......SEE U IN THE FIELD.

Posted by mashrafee on (June 25, 2011, 18:51 GMT)

@ankit1311, ICC has more money than ever, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe has the right to play test matches, you don't have the right to speak for other countries business so don't write something that is offensive to another country, this both country are full of surprises no one would when one of them will lead the world cup. SO STOP TALKING NONSENSE SHITS!

Posted by Spike13 on (June 25, 2011, 18:43 GMT)

really some test teams are playing way to little then they deserve no wonder that the rankings dont change that much. also what is the point of test series with just two test matches. they should give bangalades and zimbabwe more test series to play against the better teams because they have some talentend players. pakistan should play more there are alot of people that whant to see them play but cant because they play so little. also where are the series pakistan - india we havent had those for so long. at this rate test cricket will die off little by little. we need more good test players. So ICC if you read this change you programs we whant test cricket to be fun and with results not stupid boring draws.

Posted by JohnSmith1950 on (June 25, 2011, 18:39 GMT)

i mean, why do SA, SL and NZ get a lower number compared to the others? Pakistan is understandable with their security status but I think this is all about the money.

Posted by Toufique-Zinat-Billah on (June 25, 2011, 18:32 GMT)

Great decision!??! It will make India, Australia and England always Champion, 1st Runner-up and 2nd Runner-up within three because cricket will be closed from other countries.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 18:30 GMT)

Politics on display! I say...

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 18:30 GMT)

Indian attitude towards the cricket has been detrimental. I think they want cricket should ceased to be a global game. They want to erase pakistan from cricket map. they wount send their players to SL. they wount allow the world to use DRS. they wount play with bangladesh untill 2020. They want a window for ipl. They wount allow pakistan to play champions league. What actually they want?????

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 18:29 GMT)

agree with ICC,hatsoff to FTP committee.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 18:28 GMT)

Not fair, ICC should help the other countries to become better cricket playing nations. To do that, those teams must play Test cricket more often.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 18:26 GMT)

Yes ICC should limit cricket to only 3 to 5 nations. Others no need to play cricket. Because FINANCIALLY not beneficial or not ATTRACTIVE GAMES! Hah! No other sporting body in the world try to LIMIT there 'WORLD' cup to only fixed ten nations, as well there so called TOP TEN even don't have scope to play each other HOME & AWAY for TEN YEARS.

Have ICC changed there aim that raised 10/15 years back: 'Globalization of Cricket'. Sounds like the new objective is: 'Cricket as Business'.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 18:21 GMT)

Surprise, surprise, surprise. England, Australia and India get their way. Despite Australia being rubbish currently.

Posted by Stark62 on (June 25, 2011, 18:16 GMT)

Sad day for cricket in Pak!

Cricket only has 8 full members but it seems even that number will be cut down to 5 or 6 full members. Rather then, saving cricket in Pak and Windies they are actually trying to destroy it.

They have given an official window for CLT20 but what are Pak going to do?

They have given ipl (I'm 50/50 on this one) an "unofficial" window but what are the Pak players and the players that aren't picked going to do?

Amla, Cook and Trott are brilliant players but not deemed fit enough to play T20 cricket.

icc is the biggest threat to cricket!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 18:14 GMT)

this draft is unfair for zimbabwe,bangladesh,pakistan and west indies. allot more game for bd!at least - 60 test 25 t20 and 120 odi!

Posted by Vishal_07 on (June 25, 2011, 18:13 GMT)

@Champ2000, I agree. For some people I think global warming is because of BCCI

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 18:12 GMT)

We have teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe on the FTP, but no Ireland, who are a far better team than those two. No justice in the ICC.

Posted by ZSBD on (June 25, 2011, 18:11 GMT)

Bangladesh did a "crime" to bit India in WC 2007 ... proved pathetically!!!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 18:07 GMT)

I think it was a wise choice, but could have been better. For test why does england always get the most amount of match. I think that team should get their test matches assigned to them according to their ranks. Think about it guys (who are against it) what are Zim and Ban do with so matches against big team. Most likely lose which means that their morals will go down, but if they go against teams that are closer to their ranks they will most likely be draw, which will increase their confidence. How ever i have to disagree with the T20 matches I think that all the teams should get equal amount of match because in there the playing field are equal and if money is the concern than there needs no worry because every T20 matches are exciting.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 17:59 GMT)

india always dominate ICC......

Posted by rayhanshalfa on (June 25, 2011, 17:59 GMT)

For the globalization of cricket it needed to keep space for weaker countries to tour India, Australia, England, SA etc. But ironically ICC or BCCI kept no space even not for Bangladesh. This narrow outlook of BCCI will retard the way for the expansion of cricket in the world. The boring bi-lateral test series and one day series should have been reduced and tri-nation or four nation series should have introduced.

Posted by nlambda on (June 25, 2011, 17:57 GMT)

Seems sad to see minnows being pushed out but there is a case to be made for this... test matches involving Aug/Ind/SA vs Ban/Zim are a foregone conclusion. 4 (not 5) days of one side inevitably gaining a 125+ run lead and a 175+ run win is not good for cricket. Time was when people lacked entertainment options and would have watched such matches as timepass but with today's generation, internet, facebook, youtube etc. that is no longer true. Cricket really cannot afford extremely one sided games (although to be honest that is what Aus-Eng tests looked like through the 90s, but still...)

Posted by anikbrad on (June 25, 2011, 17:51 GMT)

talking like rubbish, IN FOOTBALL DO YOU WATCH BRAZIL VS ARGENTINA OR BRAZIL VS NEPAL. SO IS BRAZIL OF EVEN JAPAN IS HELPING TO DEVELOP FOOTBALL IN NEPAL YES BY GIVING CASH AND COACHES NOT PLAYING WITH THEM REGULARLY, AS A GRADE TEAMS CLASHES ARE MORE OFTEN INTERESTING AND MONEY MAKING. SO IF IN NEXT 10 YEARS YOU SEE MORE BRAZIL VS NEPAL MATCH I AM READY TO ACCEPT THAT INDIA SHOULD PLAY WITH BANGLA TO DEVELOP THE COUNTRY. CHECK FIRST WHAT HAPPENS IN OTHER SPORTS. RUGBY OF INDIA VS AUS OR NZ IS THERE ??? I DON'T THINK SO AND THEY ARE ALSO DEPRIVING INDIA. THIS IS COMMON FOR ALL SPORT MORE BIG TEAM GAMES AND MORE OF THEIR CLASHES. SO TOP 5 TEAMS WILL PLAY MORE MATCHES THIS THEM ONLY.

Posted by Sabbir007 on (June 25, 2011, 17:51 GMT)

Its a very stupid thing, when someone says bangladesh didn't do well 2011 wc so they can't show their improvement! Some people can say that, they played many test match since 2000, and most of them, they lose badly. Yes, of course! Innings defeat was very common to them. But can anybody tell me, in the last 3 years, how many innings defeats Bangladesh faced? They are improving. No one learn the game by one night, not even India learned!If WI, Aus and Eng did the same thing in 1970s what India are doing now, probably, there was no Sachin Tendulkar, no Anil Kumble, no Rahul Dravid. You people say about commercialism. Go your home and sell your mother. It will be another great commercial thinking! And don't forget, Bangladesh have 160 million cricket fans, what even England and SA don't have!!! If any body has guts, give me answer!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 17:48 GMT)

If you are an IPL fan you can put it in this way: "Why can't we stop test matches to play more IPL matches (if possible twice in an year)". ICC can do it for the sake of 'developing' cricket. Even though I am an Indian, I can't bear the burden of BCCI' domination over International cricket. Our players are skipping test matches and play for their 'local nationals' (franchisees). How can the local calenders interfere in the international calender and disturb the whole international business? its just rubbish and ridicules.

regards, anoop.m.r

Posted by Gaylo on (June 25, 2011, 17:47 GMT)

I doubt whether this draft is made by BCCI or ICC. Im eagerly waiting for China to excel in cricket. Because they can only take on BCCI. Others just fill in the numbers

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 25, 2011, 17:46 GMT)

I knew putting my belief into the ICC was a s good as trusting my life with a drunkard. What nonsense is this ? where is the Test Championship that you guys proposed ? or was I dreaming the last 8 months. I hate the FTP and so do many cricket lovers. It's meaningless and involves too many bilateral series that will spill the end of test cricket as we know it. The players will become more rebellious and that's it. The ICC is clearly behind money and so are the BCCI. What a shame ! no credibility from the people who claim they are willing to sustain cricket. We need a two level test championship in order to determine who is the best test team in the world. DOWN WITH THE ICC, DOWN WITH THE FTP !!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 17:41 GMT)

Ridiculous! Cricket seems to be India, England and Australia's property only! If ICC does not want to give Bangladesh and Zimbabwe enough chances, then I need to say- Why give West Indies more chances? Bangladesh is a as good as present West Indies and arguably as good as New Zealand as well!!!

Posted by Naveed85 on (June 25, 2011, 17:38 GMT)

Looks like No support for Pakistan, Bangladesh and Zimbambew in international cricket

Posted by Sabbir007 on (June 25, 2011, 17:37 GMT)

Sorry, I am not here to blame ICC. They have done a great job, so plz give a big hand to them!I have gone through all the comments posted here. One thing is clear that, most Indian (some are english and australian also) are not interested to see minnows like BD, Zim in the test cricket. The reason they said here is that, this 2 countries do not have any potential to compete with strong team and the match will be one sided. Venki_indian, Surja karki and others , India started to play cricket in 1950s and till 2000, they were often smashed by the english. austarlian and wi bowlers. Even, before Sachin, there was no Indian cricketer (except Sunny Gavaskar) has the ability to be remembered foe greatness. What the other players achieved, never was too much special. Srilanka probably first played in 1975 wc, and they won the world cup in 1996. Now, what was their performance in 1987 wc?CONT.

Posted by Me_A_Gemini on (June 25, 2011, 17:37 GMT)

A clear and powerful display of BCCI's power in recent and future years. I wonder if India will be able to keep the top position for these many years or find them at the bottom, otherwise. Well...understandably... power brings confidence and sometimes too much confidence which is commonly call 'over confidence'. Let's hope for the best for cricket.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 17:33 GMT)

I don't understand why the hell u guys blaming BCCI for this..It's good decision by icc.Because one sided games will kill the cricket and if any team wants to play more cricket they have to prove their mettle.As INDIA have done in last few years that's why they are playing these many games...And Please stop blaming other cricket nations for this as it this decision is very good for cricket....

Posted by manish053 on (June 25, 2011, 17:33 GMT)

Change in FTP is welcome but it should be justified with the weaker sides and future of the cricket. In the proposed draft team's positions will be remain same till 2020. It should be made on the basis of tennis tournament devis cut format where weaker side has opportunity to face top sides every year by play off battle. This format can be adopted in the cricket where lower rated in top teams group has to play a playoff match against the winner of weaker side. In this way every year weaker side has a chance to play with strong sides. In the proposed format Bangladesh has to wait till 2020 to play test in India.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 17:30 GMT)

be honestly telling, very soon people will remove their interest from cricket.... this the way world cricket globalization ???????????? eng=aus=ind 90+ and bangladesh n zimbabawe just 40...!!!!!!! too silly

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 17:29 GMT)

It's really hurting news for Bangladesh & Zimbabwe. The ICC nursing most powerful and well played cricket playing country on this FTP as well as they did before, on the other hand ICC showing their unimportance against less performed country like Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and West Indies. I think this is not the way to spread this game to all over the world and also this is not the way to make this game popular to everyone.....After all we are a human being, this is not available in every creature. Cow have a brain but not like us, so my question is what kind of brain (cow) ICC's management have??????

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 17:27 GMT)

things can change so much in matter of months or days and they are planning for until 2020? I wonder about these people's intellectual depth and motives

Posted by wackwella on (June 25, 2011, 17:26 GMT)

Don't forget, before 1996 Sri Lankans were minnows. Sri Lankan cricket team became a major test nation because Sri Lanka had the chance to play test cricket against major cricketing countries. So why can't ICC give a chance to teams like Bangaladesh and Zimbabwe. Bangaladesh cricket team is imroving and Zimbabwe had a good cricket team before 2004. It is embarrassing that few nations playing cricket. I wan't to see more countries playing cricket. Seems like Netherlands and Ireland have good potential.

Posted by CricketFan365 on (June 25, 2011, 17:26 GMT)

This is absolutely shocking for Bangladesh cricket. If all the cricketing countries can host Bangladesh, why can't India?? This is unfair. Money cannot the priority before this beautiful sport.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 17:25 GMT)

4-years FTP would be better.

Posted by banglafan on (June 25, 2011, 17:21 GMT)

Just as you would throw scraps of food at the dog under the table, ICC sees it fit not to give Bangladesh any tour to India, but however trying to placate BD with a 3-ODI svisit by India in May 2014 !! I say, Bangladesh delegate should say in no uncertain terms "thanks, but no thanks" to the India - ICC syndicate. Same goes for England. Bangladesh should cultivate its cricketing relations with its true friends. Australia, being one of the strongest sides in world cricket over the years, has always welcomed Bangladesh and also played here. This is called greatness coming from heritage, not from money.

Posted by benny_l on (June 25, 2011, 17:20 GMT)

Please tell me there is no more Ind vs SL!

Posted by Toufique-Zinat-Billah on (June 25, 2011, 17:09 GMT)

Great decision!??! It will make India, Australia and England always Champion, 1st Runner-up and 2nd Runner-up within three because cricket will be closed from other countries.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 17:09 GMT)

Bangladesh and Zimbabwe now have enough time to play in Pakistan and come to international standards. As such no international team is willing to tour Pakistan and their cricketers are spread in different leagues throughout the world playing some stupid club T 20 cricket . I think there is great scope in developing an iconic Bangla- Pak cricket series equivalent to ashes....would make great viewing in Pakistan !!!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 17:07 GMT)

India have market and money so they will play more.....nd have power so they will not host Bangladesh......wait India, time will be reversed...

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 17:03 GMT)

its really unfair for sri lanka and south africa .........................bcs those teams getting fever tests than England, India and Ausys....................suprice ICC naming those three teams as best, ausy they were the no 1 team for long time but now ther 5th and they want come to no 1 again........ india? they desarve nut still they can go down after sachin and dravids retirement.................. england? they will have a good team for couple of years and then bad team for another couple so telll me am i wrong

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 17:02 GMT)

shame on india .. ppl will start hate u .. shame

Posted by ubl2729 on (June 25, 2011, 16:59 GMT)

good for india 5 test match seris but we will loss dravid for those test

Posted by JavagalSrinath on (June 25, 2011, 16:59 GMT)

I cant understand making a draft for next 8 years, 3 to 4 years is sensible. What if Ireland or Afghanistan proves they are good enough for test cricket?

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 16:58 GMT)

@Surja Karki: Double ton? Have you been following Cricket man? Sachin just scored a double against Australia in a Test Match and 200* against Steyn and Co in ODI! I love VVS a lot.. but that doesn't mean you blindly criticise perhaps the greatest batsman ever!

Posted by nlambda on (June 25, 2011, 16:57 GMT)

@Surja Karki : Sachin can score his 200s against the Australians, like he did in Sydney and Bangalore.

Posted by Champ2000 on (June 25, 2011, 16:56 GMT)

As expected. And I guess its alright as well. not sure why few people are cribbing.

Posted by sameer997 on (June 25, 2011, 16:56 GMT)

two ashes in a year!!!!! JOKEEEEEE DONT EVEN THINK OF DOIN TAT

Posted by Saim93 on (June 25, 2011, 16:56 GMT)

Poor politics on display here, just sad.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 16:54 GMT)

Doesn't make sense at all. Honestly, we should have scrapped the tours program and put in a Test championship. This will signal the death of Test cricket. Thanks, ICC (and BCCI).

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 16:52 GMT)

India proved...........Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) very much selfish cricket lord(board) in the Cricket world. India's cricket board decision very poor against Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 16:50 GMT)

Guys give importance to gud matches! it wil not make any impact on india playing agaist ozz or zim unless match gets interest! all boards are in bizz mode so they wil concentrate on profitable tournment! its simple! who ever dont like to watch the game they can step away and play vedio games! game is just game ppl shud take it into too personal! watch the game enjot the day! when zim and bangla getting into top spot than all boards will take more games with them!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 16:47 GMT)

Its not fare that W Lankans have to keep playing the weaker teams(no offense) I mean if the ICC is Genuinely wanting to improve the Cricketing standards in these countries then they should make it compulsary for Teams like India,Aus,Eng to play more games against Ban and Zim

Posted by LSmith on (June 25, 2011, 16:45 GMT)

ICC is smart, they know too many tours for unstable countries is too bad for cricket.

Posted by Mukundan.G.S. on (June 25, 2011, 16:42 GMT)

"leaves space for an unofficial IPL window in April and May, making it possible for players from most nations to participate in the league" Clout man clout... :)

Posted by ankit1311 on (June 25, 2011, 16:40 GMT)

ahmedabbasi every board needs to make money to run the league...i dont think zim n ban playing test will keep board running...they cant full stands..on other hand everything n anything is sold out in india n england when it comes to cricket..thats how they make der revunues..every country can play as much if they can prove they can full stands...more test better it is for ICC but not the case..

Posted by LSmith on (June 25, 2011, 16:40 GMT)

Happy to see india playing 5 test series with Eng in Eng. Also, not many minnow one sided contest for free records.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 16:38 GMT)

Prime example of misused power....to play cricket one has to have money...in a long run ppl will b tired of watching few team playing too much cricket

Posted by ankit1311 on (June 25, 2011, 16:37 GMT)

ahmedabbasi every board needs to make money to run the league...i dont think zim n ban playing test will keep board running...they cant full stands..on other hand everything n anything is sold out in india n england when it comes to cricket..thats how they make der revunues..every country can play as much if they can prove they can full stands...more test better it is for ICC but not the case..

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 16:33 GMT)

it just poor politics... shame on ICC...

Posted by moses.neelam on (June 25, 2011, 16:31 GMT)

Ofcourse its biased. Countries such as england, india, australia, south africa and sri lanka have prooven their worth in test cricket. How many people acctually watch series between bangladesh and australia, or zimbabwe and australia.... practically speaking there is no money in it first of all and you almost know the result right away! the day all the teams such as b'desh and zimbabwe proove their worth then may be ICC can acctaullly give them a chance at more test matches and odis when it is not acctually a one sided contest -_-.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 16:30 GMT)

Pathetic! No other words to describe it

Posted by AncientAstronaut on (June 25, 2011, 16:29 GMT)

Two Ashes series in the same year? What's wrong with them?

Posted by muski on (June 25, 2011, 16:28 GMT)

At least some good sense still prevails in the ICC that allow top teams to compete with each other. While Iam not against Zimbabwe or Bangladesh, the fact that they their cricket has been dismal is a point to be noted. Unless they prove that they are quality material, the top teams will continue to shun them

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 16:23 GMT)

Thats a terrible news!! If India does not play Bangladesh, against whom would Sachin make another double ton???? Sorry for Sachin!!!!!!! Glad for VVS though, his average will rech 51 now...

Posted by McAdnan on (June 25, 2011, 16:21 GMT)

Its not good news at all for a Bangladeshi cricket fan..

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 16:19 GMT)

Fair enough I believe. Bangladesh and ZImbabwe...both countries playing test cricket for over 11 yrs and 19 yrs respectively. They just stayed where they are. Its nothing but killing test cricket if they play more tests.

Posted by Emancipator007 on (June 25, 2011, 16:16 GMT)

If some Australian tycoon ( I want that to happen desperately to cock a snook at BCCI) bankrolls Big Bash T-20 and it becomes Big in 4 years time, a window for that too? STOP these strong-arm tactics. As an Indian who abhors discrimination of any kind, world cricket (including associate nations) needs a level playing field and needs to be saved. Pak and WI cricket needs to be nurtured. NZ needs to be backed by Aus. SA should back Kenya, Zim and Namibia. This is just the Draft. I think corrective measures should be taken before that.

Posted by Emancipator007 on (June 25, 2011, 16:16 GMT)

Folks and cricinfo: This needs to be taken up SERIOUSLY and legally. BCCI just cannot cold-shoulder Bangla for 20 years (since debut in 2000). Serious cricket fans do want to see world-class talent Tamim and Shakib pit their wares against India in India. And windows for domestic leagues? IPL is slowly destroying WI cricket schedules and has affected the stamina and resolve of Indian players too for the rigors of international cricket. Test and ODI tours used to begin in March in WI. Now cos of IPL, they stretch to July. SL's players were threatened. Most talented T-20 players -Pakistanis are not allowed to play in IPL (let's keep geopolitics for the politicos). Next what: if billionaire Gulf sheik -sponsored T-20 leagues take off ( I have put my money on that and all the mercenary cricketers playing in IPL would not mind playing in Dubai/Abu Dhabi if the money is right), do you see a window for that? CONTD.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 16:15 GMT)

In 2014, Ind tour Ban for 3 ODIs. That is sandwiched between IPL and the England tour. Bet, the seniors will give it a miss..

Posted by McAdnan on (June 25, 2011, 16:14 GMT)

Bangladesh and Zimbabwe should be given more oppurtunity to play, so that the players can gain experience with in short time and if the higher authority makes such type of fixtures then how will cricket in Bangladesh and Zimbabwe ever develop?

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 16:12 GMT)

India proved...........Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) very much selfish cricket lord(board) in the Cricket world. India's cricket board decision very poor against Bangladesh.

Posted by DeAmO on (June 25, 2011, 16:12 GMT)

Outrageous! Seems that India has ownership of the game itself. The ICC too seems to be looking at the IPL using borrowed spectacles. IT IS a certain country's "domestic T20 tournament" after all, right?

Posted by howizzat on (June 25, 2011, 16:08 GMT)

Test programme indeed is excellent. It will bring the tests alive with test C'ship in the agenda. But ODI should be more evenly biased and should include teams like Ireland. India has thought quite well, in tuning for 2015 WC as they are playing more away matches. But somehow one cannot digest windows for IPL as many more national leagues get the right to ask for it. Club cricket should be left to fend themselves. Let there be competition. It should be survival for the fittest. Let the clubs grow their own class of players. Only C'League should be provided with the window as it is one and only event. It needs to be expanded and played in place of WC T20.

Posted by Venki_indian on (June 25, 2011, 16:07 GMT)

@brainbox disperency is always theresir, india is playing more matches than all the other countries..nothing new in it

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 16:06 GMT)

stop cribbing guys.80% of the revenue is from india, so until some other country come out with that kind of numbers india will have it ways,and they should.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 16:05 GMT)

Great for some, not for others. I love it!! Also, this is not the final draft. The final draft might have some changes in the number of matches played by each nation.

Posted by Venki_indian on (June 25, 2011, 16:05 GMT)

All these days pple are saying bcci ruining the test cricket...now india is playing 90 tests now..its really useless to play test cricket with weaker sides like Zim and Ban; test status should be taken off for these 2 countries

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 16:03 GMT)

Cricket is fast becoming a joke.its harsh towards the "smaller nations".icc being the governing body has to look after these teams,but alas bcci is the big daddy.india is slowly entering in the same bracket as manchester city and chelsea as the most hated team around.

Posted by AppuAamy on (June 25, 2011, 16:00 GMT)

What other can do till ICC=BCCI...

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 15:55 GMT)

coz both teams tours r not profitable for india

Posted by UaeZimbo on (June 25, 2011, 15:55 GMT)

This is rubbish, how do you except Zimbabwe to get better with a few games of cricket. This Draft supports 10 countries to play in the World Cup. 27 away matches in ODI, 11 T20 and 41 Tests how nice. Tell me who is the Sepp Blatter of Cricket cause he is making a lot of money from India.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 15:53 GMT)

its stupid decision,i beg to different ,its not a perfect idea.At last it has proven by ICC that,no money ,no honey ,no game only needs to money gain,then how it possible to spead this game all over the countries.

Posted by sohaibahmad on (June 25, 2011, 15:53 GMT)

whateve happened to Test Championship? All the test playing countries should play each other equally

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 15:53 GMT)

Oh a nice distribution!! Creams are for the powerful and influential (please read three so called boards) !! Others please stay out of the room.

Are ICC (or should we read a few boards) going to kill this game within few years or gonna to make it like golf: restricted for money?

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 15:52 GMT)

Well well, Disappointed to see that ICC has become so inefficient. First thing that can be criticized is making a future tour Programme of 8 years. That is quite a big time. I mean 4 years plan would have been more precise and with each team playing each other nation once. Moreover, Giving break to International cricket for the domestic tournament of any country is simply not understandable.Very few amount of T20is also show that in next eight years we are not going to see international T20 matches growing. ICC should understand that T20 matches should also be given their due importance if they want to see this format growing just as the two other formats. Distribution of test among the teams is also questionable. At-least test matches should be evenly distributes among top 8 teams as the competition is quite interesting. Can only hope that ICC will raise its standard soon.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 15:51 GMT)

Great decision to exclude Bangla and Zim; despite having played Test cricket for a decade and more, they have failed to produce any world class batsman or a bowler. Zimbabwe has only gone downhill since their first rung players dropped out because of a dispute with the board in mid-2000s. As for Bangla, with all due respect to even someone like Shakib, who I think is a fine allrounder, has no reliable match winner or an inspirational leader in their side such as Sri Lanka had in De Silva and Arjuna during their formative years in 90s. So, it's good for the game - we'll have less predictability and more intensity in competition for the top spot.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 15:51 GMT)

Wow! Is this ICC? Are they sure about that. If it is than I would sugest that they give the test matches to IND, ENG, and AUS and the rest of the nation just stop playing cricket at all. To the Bang, and Zim, stop playing cricket. this game is not for you according to ICC. All the money you spent to improve the cricket ground for your team, now is the time to ask money back from ICC.

Posted by bzzd on (June 25, 2011, 15:50 GMT)

This is ridiculous. SA are currently the top Test team (don't tell me how great England are) and yet they are in the second tier.

ICC is a joke. The reluctance to mandate UDRS is a further manifestation of this.

Posted by World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on (June 25, 2011, 15:49 GMT)

Why are people crying that india, england and australia get more matches. Its because they are better teams than others , grounds are always filled when these sides play. And why 60 od tests for pakistan ? Thats too many , btw where will they play them ??

Posted by Venki_indian on (June 25, 2011, 15:49 GMT)

Great to see india playing 90 tests and 5 test series..and good see to see window for IPL as well...

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 15:46 GMT)

A very big blow to cricket.

Posted by sawbo88 on (June 25, 2011, 15:43 GMT)

surely all series should be given 3 tests, 5 odis and 1 t20. Countries should then have the option to apply for an extra 2 tests given specific significance e.g. Ashes has always been 5 tests or a series between countries ranked 1st and 2nd should be given presidence. not very difficult

Posted by addiemanav on (June 25, 2011, 15:40 GMT)

i dont understand why not every team is allowed to play 5-test series.if teams in the middle of the table dont play too many tests,how are they going to improve their rankings??there used to be a time when teams wud play back-to-back 6 match test series in a single home season!!10-12 tests in an year is ok,but 6-8 isnt going to do any good!!but i will be waiting for 2014 when ind play eng and also clash with ipl..wud be really interesting to see who choses what!!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 15:39 GMT)

grt decision by icc. i wud not like to watch india play bangaladesh rather watch india england or australia

Posted by mogan707 on (June 25, 2011, 15:33 GMT)

FTP for 8 years won't work properly.Now a days even a five year plan looks lengthy. No mention of Test championship competition as well as the format of WC 2014 & WC 2018.SriLanka and South Africa must be pressing for more tests for them also. Let us see the outcome.

Posted by BD_sabbir22 on (June 25, 2011, 15:32 GMT)

This is just injustice by ICC, my bad, by BCCI…. If BCCI don't know yet, no one cares about IPL anymore as it is complete waste of time…. Now they are blocking SLPL…. Cricket world already got sick of BCCI, inadequacy of ICC..... peace.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 15:29 GMT)

nothing to say really......rather ICC should say bd, zm and other minor teams not to play international cricket anymore.... in spite of helping them major countries mostly India, who learned to play cricket just in last decade making things tougher....

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 15:28 GMT)

Looks good. I m only concerned about two marquee series: The Ashes (overkill should be avoided) & SA-AUS (should be extended to 4 if not 5 tests). Also IND should play 4-tests with other top-ranked countries: SA, AUS & ENG. Most of the people who are criticising this schedule are Bangladeshis. Well, frankly they haven't improved as they should have. Recent performances in 2011 World Cup just proved me. If they're good, then it will show in even one series.

Posted by udyat on (June 25, 2011, 15:27 GMT)

Doesn't matter World's gonna end in 2012 :D

Posted by CRKS on (June 25, 2011, 15:26 GMT)

India will play couple of five- match Test series awesome!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 15:23 GMT)

So Pakistan has once again got the least number of Tests among top eight Teams. Very bad for Pakistan!

Looks like ICC don't want to do anything good for Pakistan.

Posted by timelord24 on (June 25, 2011, 15:22 GMT)

bangladeshi fans might feel aggrieved that they are not playing any tests in india but cricket has become so commercialized that it doesn't make any sense to host bangladesh in india. it would be so one sided.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 15:12 GMT)

good luck pak cricketers...looks like they are out of jobs bc of the icc...need to find new jobs misbah and co!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 15:10 GMT)

The ICC is a mere extension of the Indian,English and Australian Boards now.Their own interests are being propagated without a desire for fairness or equality - the only thing which matters to them is their own revenues and NOT the best interests if World Cricket.

Posted by Hiteshdevilliers on (June 25, 2011, 15:08 GMT)

What a horrible schedule!! As it is I've been slowly losing my interest in Cricket post 2008 IPL, and this schedule only reaffirms my lost viewership. It saddens me to read of such bias in the international schedules, really gives a clue of where the ICC's priorities are heading into the future. If anything, this FTP just confirms the murmurs going around of where the money really is in Cricket. I still hold hope that the final resolution will be a bit more even in terms of the numbers though. Sad day for Cricket this. What was once the pinnacle version of the game, has now become a money making bonanza for the (Indian) ICC.

Posted by wiseshah on (June 25, 2011, 15:08 GMT)

india is ruining cricket. they ruined NZ cricket by making ICL. they ruined SAF by betters and money scandal. west indies by making IPL. now try to destroy SL. and no tour with BD and ZIM. I think india should be banned

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 15:06 GMT)

ICC is becoming more & more the goat of India.it is destroying cricket influencing players to join in domestic T20s.cricket is loosing it's charm.

Posted by ssenthil on (June 25, 2011, 15:05 GMT)

90 Tests for India, Well, I Love it as an Indian Fan.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 15:04 GMT)

10 years is a long shot. Is there a guarranty that india, eng will be the top test teams by even next year? so much for fairness and globalization!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 15:00 GMT)

better just kick out this two minnows from test cricket. if u people r not let them play in india, then what the reason u accept there test status. this is very clear, coz india n british they doesn't like to lose with bangladesh n zimbabawe infront of there home crowd..... shame of u................icc............!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 14:58 GMT)

This is just too biased, very injustice towards cricket, sensible fans would stop watching cricket.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 14:56 GMT)

nothing new really........

Posted by Sohellcc on (June 25, 2011, 14:55 GMT)

great decesion has been taken by icc- indian cricket council. no money no cricket.

Posted by Saad_Parekh on (June 25, 2011, 14:43 GMT)

ohhh! 99 tests fro England :O. Cook is surely on for the record of moot tests played if he stays fit. The lad is only 26.

Posted by brainbox on (June 25, 2011, 14:42 GMT)

completely outrageous, icc destroying cricket. Hate the ipl and the champions league, why are they making windows for domestic tournaments. Why are india,aus and england only getting 5 match series. Stupid decision for india not to help zim and bang improve. Why is there such a discrepancy between number of matches for each country.

Posted by ahmedabbasi69 on (June 25, 2011, 14:39 GMT)

This is a biased programme. On one ICC wishes to endorse cricket in newer places and on the other side is this attitude. Sorry to say cricket will keep losing its followers like me if these4 things continue.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 14:34 GMT)

it is nice to more test being played and official window for clt20

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