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Champions League window in confirmed FTP

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 29, 2011

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MS Dhoni and Kumar Sangakkara pose with the series trophy, Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, P Sara Oval, 5th day, August 7, 2010
India and Sri Lanka will play less cricket against each other in the new FTP © Cameraworx/Live Images
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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.

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