ICC annual conference June 29, 2011

Champions League window in confirmed FTP

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India have come out as major beneficiaries of the new Future Tours Programme, which was ratified by the ICC board at its annual conference in Hong Kong. As reported first by ESPNcricinfo on June 25, India, England and Australia will feature in most Tests among the Full Members, and India will play the top teams more frequently than they have in recent years. Also, the Champions League Twenty20 has an official annual window in September, while the IPL seems to have an unofficial one, with few international series scheduled in April and May, allowing most players to participate in it.

India, currently No. 1 in the ICC Tests rankings, will play 102 Tests between now and April 2020, including the current Test in Bridgetown. One-fifth of those matches (21) will be against England. In fact, India will travel to England twice to play a five-match series in 2014 and 2018. Apart from the Ashes, no other Test series involves five matches. In the next eight years, India will play Australia twice at home and twice away - all four-match Test series - and South Africa in four three-Test series.

Another significant detail in the FTP is that Pakistan are scheduled to tour India for three Tests and five ODIs in March-April 2012. If the tour goes ahead, it will be the first Test series between the two countries since 2007, after which political relations between the two countries were strained in the aftermath of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

The FTP has accounted for the Test championship play-offs to be played in England summers in 2013 and then in 2017.

In what is likely to come as respite for some, there are far fewer match-ups between India and Sri Lanka. The two subcontinent neighbours played each other in nine Tests, 30 ODIs and four Twenty20s between July 2008 and the 2011 World Cup final, which was deemed monotonous by critics. India will play just 12 Tests against Sri Lanka in the next nine years, and there will be only two bilateral ODI series between the two teams. As reported earlier, India will not host both Bangladesh and Zimbabwe for either Test or ODIs, though they will tour Bangladesh twice, in 2014 and again in 2015, and Zimbabwe twice, in 2013 and 2016.

England and Australia will play 109 and 107 Tests respectively between now and April 2020, with five Ashes series planned - three in England and two in Australia. South Africa will play just 82 Tests and have long winter-breaks. New Zealand will contest in 80, Sri Lanka 88 and West Indies 84. Pakistan, who have had to play their home series at neutral venues in recent times due to security concerns in their own country, will host Bangladesh and Australia in 2012, and South Africa in 2013. They will play 88 Tests in total till April 2020.

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  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Why not Ireland in FTP .. At least for ODI?? How will new countries like Ireland , Holland , Kenya , Canada , Afghanistan , UAE will grow without regularity playing ODI , T20 and some First Class Matches against state teams of Test Playing country . CL deserves a break and even a 10 day window before the start of it so that players can get time to focus on it . India should host Bangladesh , Ireland , Zimbabwe for short series once in 10 years..

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    @reality_check, agreed when FTP includes a tournament in its planner, than its an official tournament and by official means full time member cricket teams are to be invited, but when no participation of Pakistan and Bangladesh in so called global tournament, there it ain't be called as an official tournament or to be given official status.

  • POSTED BY howizzat on | July 1, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    Why South Africa playing less tests? They should be on par with India, England and Australia. 12 nations ODI club should be formed so that the assosiates like Ireland and Holland can be included to play more ODIs.

  • POSTED BY rajithwijepura on | July 1, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    There is no such need for having a governing body for cricket like ICC. Like "bdcricketfan" said 2 or 3 countries will play cricket in future. And that is how ICC define development of the game of cricket.

  • POSTED BY vg30aug on | June 30, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    So, won't there be any ICC Champions Trophy from now on???? it was a great tournament......

  • POSTED BY dulabhai on | June 30, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    The way things are going..only few countries will play cricket in the future...like india, australia, and england.

  • POSTED BY reality_check on | June 30, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    All those (Mostly Indians) who were saying ICC has nothing to do with CLT20 and it's a private tournament organized by India/Aus/SA and they "don't need" to invite whom they don't want... please read the big bold headlines "Champions League window in confirmed FTP". This makes it a global ICC blessed tournament and if Pak/BD teams are not invited then ICC is either incompetent or in on the whole deal. Is ICC even relevant anymore?

  • POSTED BY tick on | June 30, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    @man007 @ank hit..windies will play 17 tests against india uptill 2020..most against any team by windies...secondly you are a proud indian cricket fan...what else are you proud of..2nd largest population and can't win more than 5 golds in olympics...what is national sport of india??cricket or hockey?if you are so proud lift your national sport hockey

  • POSTED BY Bajib on | June 30, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    I don't understand why South African are always playing less tests compared to India,Australia and England... Now,they will be again playing less tests than other which forbids them to take the No. 1 test slot :(

  • POSTED BY Jonah58 on | June 30, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    Don't people realise that all the rain in the WI at the moment is just a subtle ploy by the BCCI to help the WI team get a draw and more test ranking points to pull further ahead of Bangla and Zim? (I'm joking ok) Seriously people India is playing more matches than anybody else because the other cricket boards have invited them, asked them, or even BEGGED them to! These other boards need the revenue gained from playing India. They would get this revenue if India are No1 test team or No4 test team or whatever rank due to the value of the TV rights. What is disappoining from the FTP so far is no mention of touring side playing Tri-latteral or Quadri-latteral ODI series involving top associates which would do wonders for improving the standard of associate cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Why not Ireland in FTP .. At least for ODI?? How will new countries like Ireland , Holland , Kenya , Canada , Afghanistan , UAE will grow without regularity playing ODI , T20 and some First Class Matches against state teams of Test Playing country . CL deserves a break and even a 10 day window before the start of it so that players can get time to focus on it . India should host Bangladesh , Ireland , Zimbabwe for short series once in 10 years..

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    @reality_check, agreed when FTP includes a tournament in its planner, than its an official tournament and by official means full time member cricket teams are to be invited, but when no participation of Pakistan and Bangladesh in so called global tournament, there it ain't be called as an official tournament or to be given official status.

  • POSTED BY howizzat on | July 1, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    Why South Africa playing less tests? They should be on par with India, England and Australia. 12 nations ODI club should be formed so that the assosiates like Ireland and Holland can be included to play more ODIs.

  • POSTED BY rajithwijepura on | July 1, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    There is no such need for having a governing body for cricket like ICC. Like "bdcricketfan" said 2 or 3 countries will play cricket in future. And that is how ICC define development of the game of cricket.

  • POSTED BY vg30aug on | June 30, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    So, won't there be any ICC Champions Trophy from now on???? it was a great tournament......

  • POSTED BY dulabhai on | June 30, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    The way things are going..only few countries will play cricket in the future...like india, australia, and england.

  • POSTED BY reality_check on | June 30, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    All those (Mostly Indians) who were saying ICC has nothing to do with CLT20 and it's a private tournament organized by India/Aus/SA and they "don't need" to invite whom they don't want... please read the big bold headlines "Champions League window in confirmed FTP". This makes it a global ICC blessed tournament and if Pak/BD teams are not invited then ICC is either incompetent or in on the whole deal. Is ICC even relevant anymore?

  • POSTED BY tick on | June 30, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    @man007 @ank hit..windies will play 17 tests against india uptill 2020..most against any team by windies...secondly you are a proud indian cricket fan...what else are you proud of..2nd largest population and can't win more than 5 golds in olympics...what is national sport of india??cricket or hockey?if you are so proud lift your national sport hockey

  • POSTED BY Bajib on | June 30, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    I don't understand why South African are always playing less tests compared to India,Australia and England... Now,they will be again playing less tests than other which forbids them to take the No. 1 test slot :(

  • POSTED BY Jonah58 on | June 30, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    Don't people realise that all the rain in the WI at the moment is just a subtle ploy by the BCCI to help the WI team get a draw and more test ranking points to pull further ahead of Bangla and Zim? (I'm joking ok) Seriously people India is playing more matches than anybody else because the other cricket boards have invited them, asked them, or even BEGGED them to! These other boards need the revenue gained from playing India. They would get this revenue if India are No1 test team or No4 test team or whatever rank due to the value of the TV rights. What is disappoining from the FTP so far is no mention of touring side playing Tri-latteral or Quadri-latteral ODI series involving top associates which would do wonders for improving the standard of associate cricket.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | June 30, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    To all the haters out there, the FTP is NOT some kind of FIXED roadmap. It's basically the MIN # of games/series. Politics, terror, natural disasters may prevent some of these being played but more than likely we will see ADDITIONS. This means at some point, BD will be invited to tour India, after all there will be plenty of gaps. If ZIM tours Ind, the haters will say Ind wants an easy series. We already have them claiming BD has not been invited because Ind is scared of losing lol. It's amusing to follow childish logic, try explaining to them that TWO tours of BD have already been agreed. I would think it's harder to beat BD in BD than in India. The one piece of good news is that Ind-SL games have been reduced BUT nothing to stop the two boards resuming their love affair.

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    @Man007: totally agree with you man. BCCI has 70-75% revenue in ICC. And that is the fact which everyone needs to understand. If india won't play most no of matches then how gonna they will earn money? that's the FACT, and plz accept that all NON INDIAN guyz/supporters. And one more thing if INDIA plays test against all those nations are listed very below on ranking, India won't get any points like just take IND vs WI, if Ind wins every test then also not a single point will be added to their massive 128 points but if india manages to draw a test they they will lose points! Crazy right but it's always as it is. If there is a rain then it won't be india's fault but india will lose points because it will a draw match....But no one will think this, every one is behind india because they are on top in every aspect, from ranking to governing to money.....Proud to be an INDIAN...

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    @danuk87, agree with you, already apart from England, Australia and India, test matches are at downfall so like someone mentioned that some test playing nations will self destruct themselves from test-status. Every nation should get ample chances to fit equal amount of games in FTP, else might is right game is being played right now

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | June 30, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    If India going to play test against Zim and BD, then these people will criticize it as an option to stay at NO:1 position. Or if India field some juniors for those series, still they will criticize it. They do not know that BD got test status due to Indian pressure. And all boards getting biggest amount of money as revenue when their team play against India...still people are looking for something to criticize BCCI!

  • POSTED BY CricEshwar on | June 30, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    @Santhosh Kudva: Being naive and dreamy also will have some limits. You wish ICC takes over IPL? Seems a pretty fair FTP plan to me. Since some countries generate more revenue, they should enjoy some benefits. Other countries should try to improve their viewership to fall in this beneficial category, otherwise there is no competition for the businessmen then. If everyone thinks Bangladesh and Zimbabwe should be given an opportunity to tour India, I am not in the mindset as India is the Mecca, but no one deserves anything. These countries should do their best in whatever chances they get and without protests they could be in the better leagues. Bangladesh has better viewership and audience support and higher population than SL or NZ or RSA. They just have not shown what they can on a consistant basis for anyone to take them seriously. If they can, it is fair and everyone welcomes equal number of tests and chances to tour whereever or whenever they want.

  • POSTED BY danuk87 on | June 30, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    test cricket will be die next decade, all other countries are getting bored unless they didn't play each other in consistent basis, which was also happen in last decade,I'm not surprise in 2020 if all other teams withdraw them self's playing test cricket,apart from india and england and only those two teams fight each other for no 1 spot.

  • POSTED BY area1985 on | June 30, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    all the teams need to play each other in fair time distance, not only India

  • POSTED BY Sarfin on | June 30, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    @Jim1207, India did it for their own interest. They desperately needed one confirm vote from sub continent. But after that they did nothing in return of the support from Bangladesh and so for the first time in 10 years, they got zero support from subcontinent. India can play as much cricket against top nations as they want. But no tour for Bangladesh or Zimbabwe in 8 years, it's just too much. Remember Bangladesh banned their 8 national players (total 14) for playing in ICL. BCCI then also promised a tour in return

  • POSTED BY Prashant_Dhamija on | June 30, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    Nice to see champions league in FTP. That is a good tournament for young guys, getting exposure to play more competitive cricket. This tournament should be for 50 Over too.

  • POSTED BY randika_ayya on | June 30, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    The list comprises 98 tests for Sri Lanka for the entire duration.. I would say not bad but could be better!

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    India can play the top teams as many times as it wants.But it should host Bang and Zim atleast once in 8 years.

  • POSTED BY AyrtonS on | June 30, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    @ Faras Ali Momin, what do you think the ICC and BCCI are running, a charity? Cricket is big business and the ICC and BCCI are absolutely correct in treating it that way.

  • POSTED BY AyrtonS on | June 30, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    At the end of the day, Cricket is a business and the teams that attract the most viewers are India, Australia, England and possibly South Africa, therefore it makes sense for these teams to dominate the fixtures.

  • POSTED BY SRT_GENIUS on | June 30, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    Cant thank FTP enough. Just hate IND-SL matches. (no offense to SL cricketers - just the monotony).

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    it is easy to see why there is a window for the champs league and not the IPL. the CL has representation from all countries. window for the IPL would also have meant the ICC bowing to the wishes of BCCI. moreover, if that happened, every country would come up with their own league and demand for a window, thereby leaving very little time for international matches. think ICC can solve this by taking over the IPL, and let the businessmen reap the rewards. the tourney should be conducted in the manner the ICC wants with its own set of rules. who knows, sanity might also prevail without intrusive ads and cheer girls.

  • POSTED BY Jim1207 on | June 30, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    India used their influence to get Bangladesh Test status, which any other country would have to die to get. What more help does India need to do again? You can't get a gift horse and also get money for that.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    Why cant ICC just make a rule that each team will have to host and tour all other 9 full members over 4 year period? That way it will be fair test championship play off they are trying to do, and every team will play almost equal amount of matches (maybe be plus minus 5-10) but the difference wont be this big like India playing 121 tests, but NZ only 80. How can teams will get good rankings when other teams have more chances to get better in rankings? If India dont want to host BD, and Zim then they will tour those countries twice in 4 years. And there is too much domestic T20 going on (IPL, BBL, English county, SLPL, and Pakistan trying to start one) ICC needs to make their own T20 tournament something like NBA structure with city based teams from all the full member countries , otherwise good players will retire just to play T20 in all countries.

  • POSTED BY sifter132 on | June 29, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    What I'd like to see with the IPL and Champions League is not a window during them, but a rest week before and after, to allow for all the international players to travel and recover. At the moment events are shoehorned either side of these 2 leagues and it's not good for the players to travel straight from one to the next.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    We(India) must host Bangladesh atleast once; never did after their test debut in 2000. Even Aus,RSA,Eng did once or even twice.

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  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    We(India) must host Bangladesh atleast once; never did after their test debut in 2000. Even Aus,RSA,Eng did once or even twice.

  • POSTED BY sifter132 on | June 29, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    What I'd like to see with the IPL and Champions League is not a window during them, but a rest week before and after, to allow for all the international players to travel and recover. At the moment events are shoehorned either side of these 2 leagues and it's not good for the players to travel straight from one to the next.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    Why cant ICC just make a rule that each team will have to host and tour all other 9 full members over 4 year period? That way it will be fair test championship play off they are trying to do, and every team will play almost equal amount of matches (maybe be plus minus 5-10) but the difference wont be this big like India playing 121 tests, but NZ only 80. How can teams will get good rankings when other teams have more chances to get better in rankings? If India dont want to host BD, and Zim then they will tour those countries twice in 4 years. And there is too much domestic T20 going on (IPL, BBL, English county, SLPL, and Pakistan trying to start one) ICC needs to make their own T20 tournament something like NBA structure with city based teams from all the full member countries , otherwise good players will retire just to play T20 in all countries.

  • POSTED BY Jim1207 on | June 30, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    India used their influence to get Bangladesh Test status, which any other country would have to die to get. What more help does India need to do again? You can't get a gift horse and also get money for that.

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    it is easy to see why there is a window for the champs league and not the IPL. the CL has representation from all countries. window for the IPL would also have meant the ICC bowing to the wishes of BCCI. moreover, if that happened, every country would come up with their own league and demand for a window, thereby leaving very little time for international matches. think ICC can solve this by taking over the IPL, and let the businessmen reap the rewards. the tourney should be conducted in the manner the ICC wants with its own set of rules. who knows, sanity might also prevail without intrusive ads and cheer girls.

  • POSTED BY SRT_GENIUS on | June 30, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    Cant thank FTP enough. Just hate IND-SL matches. (no offense to SL cricketers - just the monotony).

  • POSTED BY AyrtonS on | June 30, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    At the end of the day, Cricket is a business and the teams that attract the most viewers are India, Australia, England and possibly South Africa, therefore it makes sense for these teams to dominate the fixtures.

  • POSTED BY AyrtonS on | June 30, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    @ Faras Ali Momin, what do you think the ICC and BCCI are running, a charity? Cricket is big business and the ICC and BCCI are absolutely correct in treating it that way.

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    India can play the top teams as many times as it wants.But it should host Bang and Zim atleast once in 8 years.

  • POSTED BY randika_ayya on | June 30, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    The list comprises 98 tests for Sri Lanka for the entire duration.. I would say not bad but could be better!