India news July 2, 2014

More Tests for India in the next cycle

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The BCCI has signed bilateral agreements that have confirmed India playing 20 Tests against England, 16 against Australia and 12 against South Africa during the eight-year cycle from 2015 to 2023. This is in addition to the six bilateral series against Pakistan, pending government clearance, during the same period.

India's tour to Australia in December 2014, which includes four Tests and a tri-series also involving England, could be their last tour featuring the team playing across several formats. The BCCI has decided to take the Cricket Australia route and avoid what are considered as lengthy, full tours - with Tests and limited-overs matches - to major cricket-playing nations in the coming eight-year cycle.

"We would have obviously liked long tours both home and away with key countries," Sanjay Patel, the BCCI secretary who was inducted into the ICC governance committee, told ESPNcricinfo. "However, Australia are unwilling to tour for more than six weeks anywhere except England, so we have also decided to split the Test and ODI tours to Australia."

Patel added the decision would result in India playing more series at home, which would add to BCCI earnings from broadcast rights revenue, but he said, also allow key players to participate in domestic tournaments. "Over the last few years, the participation of main players in domestic tournaments has been on a decline," Patel said. "So the decision to play more series at home would help them play domestic cricket."

The crux of the reworked ICC revenue model is that India will be getting lion's share from the revenue that ICC generates from hosting the three major world events. With the new financial model, India will be entitled to a "contribution cost" - participation fee in world events - which is nearly double of all the other nine full members combined. Assuming that the ICC generates USD 3000 million, India will be entitled to 21.9%, while the other nine boards put together will get 12.6%.

Reiterating that the new financial model would guarantee more money to each of the ten full members compared to the previous model, Patel said the additional revenue - projected at approximately $670million over the next eight years in comparison with $53 million in the ongoing cycle - would result in more money to be handed over to BCCI affiliates as well as domestic players.

"With the additional revenue, all the BCCI members would take home much more cricket development fund, which would help creating top-class infrastructure in mofussil places (smaller centres)," Patel said. "Besides, there will be a substantial rise in match-fees of all the domestic players."

The BCCI distributes 26% of its profits among players, with international and domestic players sharing 13% apiece. As a result, player earnings differ every year depending on the BCCI's profits. The additional revenue generated through ICC fees could well see the remuneration of domestic players - estimated at Rs 35000 (approximately $583) per match day - doubling in the next eight years.

For the 2009-10 domestic season, a senior domestic cricketer earned approximately Rs 25,500 per match-day. Since the BCCI's profits are approved during its annual general meeting in September, a player is given Rs 10,000 per match-day after every game in the ongoing season till then. The remaining dues are usually settled before the start of the next season.

With the new Ranji Trophy format, a top domestic cricketer plays at least 50 days of cricket. A player who featured for his state team in all three formats in the 2012-13 season would have earned at least Rs 16 lakh as his match fees. Most of the state associations also distribute a part of their team sponsorship money to their players.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Vilander on July 4, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    T20 for the Body, ODI for the Mind,Tests for the soul.

  • ladycricfan on July 4, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    @Taha Latif, BCCI should have a TRI series between Ind, Bang and Zim in India. Three tests: Ind v Bang, Ind v Zim, Bang v Zim. An ODI tri series and a T20 tri series.

  • on July 4, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Nothing for Zimbabwe.

  • Udendra on July 4, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    I have one word for this proposed schedule: "boring"

  • ladycricfan on July 3, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, in most bilateral series, in addition to the test matches there are ODIs and T20s as well. Only in Ind v Australia tours, home and away, they are splitting the test matches and the limited over matches and having separate tours. You don't have to wait long. India is playing 5ODIs and a T20 immediately after the test series.

  • fguy on July 3, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    60+ comments on a thread just about india's fixtures. lol. not even the actual matches of some int'l teams get that much interest. & those ppl unhappy with their team's fixtures whine about it to your boards

  • fguy on July 3, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    @Greatest_Game at least people come to watch matches on those "dustbowls". only 2 people & a goat come to watch matches on your grazing pitches.

  • fguy on July 3, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    @Greatest_Game on (July 3, 2014, 15:20 GMT) " Aus & SA always produce enthralling cricket, and that leaves fans everywhere wanting more." yes, we all saw how "packed" the stadiums were in SA when the 3 tests were played against each other this year.

  • Manu_reddy on July 3, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Sri lankan fans who are crying out for not getting more tests should blame its board for it. Last year their board cancelled out test series against sa in favour of odis n t20s n again they cancelled tests to play some t20 league but their fans are blaming ca,bcci,sacb n all d other boards instead of blaming d real culprit...strange world

  • Greatest_Game on July 3, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster. NHL seems perfect for you! Short & sweet, & lots of action, with an occasional bit of hockey here and there!

  • Vilander on July 4, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    T20 for the Body, ODI for the Mind,Tests for the soul.

  • ladycricfan on July 4, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    @Taha Latif, BCCI should have a TRI series between Ind, Bang and Zim in India. Three tests: Ind v Bang, Ind v Zim, Bang v Zim. An ODI tri series and a T20 tri series.

  • on July 4, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Nothing for Zimbabwe.

  • Udendra on July 4, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    I have one word for this proposed schedule: "boring"

  • ladycricfan on July 3, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, in most bilateral series, in addition to the test matches there are ODIs and T20s as well. Only in Ind v Australia tours, home and away, they are splitting the test matches and the limited over matches and having separate tours. You don't have to wait long. India is playing 5ODIs and a T20 immediately after the test series.

  • fguy on July 3, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    60+ comments on a thread just about india's fixtures. lol. not even the actual matches of some int'l teams get that much interest. & those ppl unhappy with their team's fixtures whine about it to your boards

  • fguy on July 3, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    @Greatest_Game at least people come to watch matches on those "dustbowls". only 2 people & a goat come to watch matches on your grazing pitches.

  • fguy on July 3, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    @Greatest_Game on (July 3, 2014, 15:20 GMT) " Aus & SA always produce enthralling cricket, and that leaves fans everywhere wanting more." yes, we all saw how "packed" the stadiums were in SA when the 3 tests were played against each other this year.

  • Manu_reddy on July 3, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Sri lankan fans who are crying out for not getting more tests should blame its board for it. Last year their board cancelled out test series against sa in favour of odis n t20s n again they cancelled tests to play some t20 league but their fans are blaming ca,bcci,sacb n all d other boards instead of blaming d real culprit...strange world

  • Greatest_Game on July 3, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster. NHL seems perfect for you! Short & sweet, & lots of action, with an occasional bit of hockey here and there!

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 3, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    That's the most BORING schedule if I have ever seen one. Way too much test cricket for my liking. It seems it is time for me to move away from the sport of cricket. Thankfully, as a Canadian, I am privy to many other wonderful and better sports than cricket. We have baseball, NHL hockey, NBA and of course soccer. I will surely return to cricket whenever the World Cup is on every 4 years and during the IPL. Test cricket is not for me. It seems the BCCI have made some serious concessions in their effort to rule world cricket. Too much of any format will usher in its downfall eventually and test cricket is heading in that direction. No matter how many tests are played, it can never match the glitz and entertainment of T20 cricket. Expect a lot of empty grounds.

  • Greatest_Game on July 3, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    @ ac_Indian. India was a great friend to SA. India led the fight against apartheid, and the reconciliation with SA after the end of apartheid. Both countries were proud of their close friendship, and we share common heroes, and a common history, in the fight for freedom and equality in both nations.

    Unfortunately, that is past. And let us be crystal clear on this: SA did not destroy that relationship. We do not like losing great friends. But, when friends turn their backs, and actively work against their former friends, do not expect love and respect to be sustained. That would be naive.

    Respect is only earned. Unfortunately, it is a currency that is easily spent, and then it has to be earned back all over again.

  • Greatest_Game on July 3, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    @ Jamie Moneghan "Agree(s) with the standard between Australia v SA series as goes all the way back to 93."

    Apart from a few series where SA failed, they all seemed "unfinished" at the end - like there was still petrol in the tank for a few more rounds. Quite honestly, I prefer to watch Aus beating SA than Eng unable to take more than 2 SA wickets. A series of one sided matches is great for bragging rights, but is not much entertainment. Somehow, in ODIs as well as tests, Aus & SA always produce enthralling cricket, and that leaves fans everywhere wanting more.

    Glad you got the context of my post. Perhaps you could explain it to xtrafalgarx?

  • Robster1 on July 3, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Accruing $s is what this schedule is all about. In a normal sporting environment, every team would play each other home and away for the same amount of matches i.e every series should be three tests. This would contribute to a simple biannual league table with the winning team crowned champions and the bottom team (or two) relegated. It's basically how the rest of the sporting world works well.

  • on July 3, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    How future Test series should work are like this: each series should be a 2 test series , but if the series is tied at 1-1 after the two tests then they play a deciding 3rd Test. And if I team is winning 2-0 then they only play the two tests. Do people remember what Australia used to do in their tri-series in the ODI's where in the finals they would have a 3 match series but if a team won the first two then they didn't play a third ODI. I think this format can work as don't say there is not enough time to play extra test etc , as look at India the now who are about to play 5 Tests in 8 weeks!

  • ladycricfan on July 3, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Bilateral series are arranged by the home boards. ICC has no say in it.

    All the boards are working on a new FTP and the full list will be released when it is finalised.

    In the past FTP, the schedules were just for guidance. It was not a binding agreement. But in the new scheme the papers need to be signed. That will give certainty and security to the boards.

    Some test series are hosted at a loss to the boards. Ex:SA v Bang. Now they don't have to worry about hosting those series because the newly created "Test Fund" will compensate them.

    You can't expect every country to play each other same number of test matches. A 5-match test series between the top and bottom ranked teams will be a bore. Scheduling will be impossible. Will not be financially viable either.

    Lots of new ideas. Lots to look forward to. Thanks ICC.

  • on July 3, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Good to see changes from bcci awaiting for future series against Pakistan

  • xtrafalgarx on July 3, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    @Greatest_game: Be careful. SA are an unknown quantity at this stage, i wouldn't be bragging about them as a team. An opening pair of D. Elgar and A. Petersen is not one that belongs to the best team in the world. I think you will get better in 12-18 months but I don't think SA is a competitor for the top prize at this stage.

    Steyn has shown signs of slowing down, Philander has now been figured out - certainly by the Aussies and Morkel, for all his aggression doesn't get enough wickets. No spinner either, and only two proven class batsmen. I wouldn't be counting my chickens yet.

  • on July 3, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    @Greatest_Game you are right India do fear SA the most after all they have the ability to draw and lose matches from the jaws of victory and a fast bowler who challenges batsmen of test experience worth 3 matches and ends up going wicketless for 100 overs and gets annihilated in a club level t20 league.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 3, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    Well done BCCI...you did right thing.Arranging test series against top team at home and away is a good sign. We can see some neighbours not interested in AWAY tours to Aus, Eng and SA and not even NZ!. Hope we will find more legendary batsmen after these tests. Another Wall, another crisis man and may be another GOD! who knows!

  • TerranceRajah on July 3, 2014, 2:11 GMT

    Hi

    All of you Indian fans - first compare the the following facts between India and Sri lanka before you start praising your own tail..

    1. Sri Lanka has been playing test for the 32 years. make a comparison on the results including your 1st test victory home and away by India and then by SL.

    2. Compare the percentages of wins /loss/draws in the first 32 years home and away betweem the 2 cointries. 3. Compare the individual brilliance that each of these countries produced supported by statistics in the first 32 years. 4. Start accepting DRS. you dont want your batsman given out and are shy to accpet DRS. you have a personal experience of loosing a test series in SL when most of your star batsman who given not out by on field umpire the DRS proved wrong. 5. When any umpire has stood against your views- you have taken them to task and removed them from the panel.. 6. Yes SL V IND in tests might not bring revenue or county contracts but you Thanks

  • on July 2, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    if i read this righht nz only can play india in 2 test match series from now on ,im kinda hopping that is only in india and back in nz we can have a 3 match series,but for the next 10 years or so we only get to play england in 2 test series as well ,thank god for our tran tasman brothers who are giving us a 3 match series nexxt year

  • Raginggbull on July 2, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    Srilanka did better in the last series(Though 2 match). But the arrogance of some of their fans comments is unfortunate. Lets talk real, Without Mahela & Sanga you count any of them as emerging test bat?!! Hardly matthews. Thats all they got, Once those legends retired they will realize. They are yet to win a TEST in INDIA and AUS. After all, Mahela & Sanga deserves some after all these years they played so well for this team without any major titles.

  • ac_Indian on July 2, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    @Greatest_Game: My friend, since SA's return to Test cricket (1992) India-SA have played 29 tests, roughly 1.4 tests/year. And of course, we were and still are proud of the fact that India got the opportunity of being the first country to tour SA in post-apartheid era. In the next 8 years, India-SA will play 12 tests, i.e., 1.5 tests/year. So its not as if India are playing more against Aus and Eng at the expense of SA. Every board these days decides who to play against on the basis of revenues and schedules/availability of two. Whether it is the best approach or not, that's a separate issue. I actually think that a 3-test series every 2 years is not bad, and 5 test-series are certainly overkill. Second, if you think Indian tracks are dustbowls, then I am actually proud of the "dustbowls" that support and teach the art of spin bowling, wristy batting with smart footwork, and reverse swing.

  • on July 2, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    @Greatest_Game. Agree with the standard between Australia v SA series as goes all the way back to 93 as they have always been very evenly match home and away. Just a shame it's a stretch to even get a 3 test series between these two giants, as imagine how the recent series between them would of been like had it been a 5 Test series as was cricket at the highest standard for the entire 3 Tests.

  • UK_Chap on July 2, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    yoohoo : The previous futures tours program was ripped up by the three, it had at least previously been agreed by everyone. This new plan takes only takes the big three`s own wants and desires before anyone else. They proclaim to be acting in the best interest of the sport but their actions say different. As custodians of the game they have a greater responsibility to the sport yet with supporters such as you, your last comment say`s it all. As long as India is ok, who cares about the rest...

  • Greatest_Game on July 2, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    @ Biggus wrote "we'll have to play four home tests against India on average every two years, what a bore!"

    That's ok mate. You'll still have some fun when SA pop over and take a few more series from you! As you say, " CA has made abundantly clear, they couldn't care less what we want even though we pay for their wages," so CA will restrict the number of tests against SA. Aus have to play more games against the other so called "big 3" to make it look like they really are "big," even though in terms of cricket they are very small. Tadpoles really. India get whitewashed in Aus, Eng get whitewashed in Aus … and then there are the titanic battles against SA. Think of it: our last 2 visits produced the 414 run chase, and the "Adelaide War of Attrition" aka "Faf's First Stand." That's real cricket!

    In actual days played and overs bowled, a 3 test series v SA will be much longer than the 4 or 5 test whitewashes! Save your money for the big event, mate - the Titans Trophy!

  • Greatest_Game on July 2, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    From the above information, it is seems clear which of the top teams India fears the most - it is the team they will play the least. India have won two of eleven series against South Africa. India have won two home dustbowl series, drawn two home dustbowl series, & India have lost a home dustbowl series to South Africa. In India, India have won five tests, and South Africa have won five tests. India do not even have a home winning record against South Africa!

    Of course, in South Africa India have never won a series, and South Africa have won five. One was drawn. India have won just two of seventeen tests in South Africa. South Africa have won eight!

    Little wonder India don't wan to play many tests against South Africa!

  • Balumekka on July 2, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan fan, but I must say that Sri Lanka need to show some consistency in winning to get more test matches from other countries. While players preach on the need of more tests, scheduled tests are also being cancelled due to their T20 franchise commitments.

  • CricCrit on July 2, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    It's now very clear that Cricket is fully driven by interest for money. If anybody is working towards the betterment of cricket, they should develop a system which allows every full member to play equal number (at least fair amount) of matches (of each format) against each full member of ICC.

  • ac_Indian on July 2, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    5 test matches are actually too many in a series. I think some fans (including myself) tend to lose interest towards the end. One should be left with a little bit of a feeling of desiring more at the end of the series, rather than feeling full. That sustains interest over a longer time horizon. Ideally a tour should be 3 test matches, about 5 odis (bilateral or tri series) and maybe 1 or max 2 t20's. Rest of the time there should be games against A sides, good teams in domestic cricket etc.

  • slazenger on July 2, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    I don't understand why two test series for Sri Lanka.

  • on July 2, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    @Nalin Beligaswatta. Who will come to watch an India Sri Lanka test series? Only Sri Lankans will be interested. Unfortunately Sri Lanka has not built up a strong rivalry with any other test team and that is the reason why it doesn't get invited to play often outside the subcontinent. Even in the subcontinent it has not been able to win in India. Whereas India- Australia series, especially when the later was at its peak have been marquee series. India was the only team which gave the mighty Aussies a run for their money, even in their own country. Sri Lankans should also focus on improving their pitches. Matches where 900 runs are piled up in an innings( without any declaration!!!) do not make for interesting cricket, apart from helping the players to create inflated averages.

  • on July 2, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    how many matches srilanka will play with india

  • pvwadekar on July 2, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    The last three paragraphs are very interesting. It seems that playing domestic cricket will give players good salary. Hopefully this can increase the competition for places in the first class game. BCCI should also try and get some sporting and result oriented pitches fast, seaming, spinning etc .. so as to test the batsmen and most importantly bowlers.

  • yoohoo on July 2, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    @UK_Chap - What are you on about? It is clearly announced that India will play 6 bilateral series with Pakistan (not one of the big three) in the next 8 years! The schedule for other teams is yet to come out, but from what I gather India will play a good number of matches against both SA and SL.

    Now, if CA or ECB don't play enough matches against these teams, then that is not the BCCIs problem really.

  • snaidu2010 on July 2, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    I dont get most of the comments from fans of other countries. They seem to have an issue whether Ind plays less or more tests; Home or away tests. This just stinks of jealousy. I am not saying India has got a great team, but all the NZ and SL fans need to understand that their team's good fortune have been very recent. SL hasnt won any test in Ind or Aus. NZ has been regularly thumped everywhere they go to, even Bang. Its just that the last 6 months has been good to those teams. So based on that they cant say that they are a better team than Ind or Eng or Aus. Let them win a series ( a test in SL's case)away in Ind, Aus then lets talk. Also some saying that Chandimal and Thiri are better than Pujara and Kohli is downright hilarious. Chandi and Thiri dont feature in any decent cricket's guru's future stars. They have a decent record not great as Kohli or Pujara.

  • anoop3301 on July 2, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    @SL_Fan1986: This looks similar to SL's overall record in India and Australia.

  • HatsforBats on July 2, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    @ Jamie Moneghan, excellent point. NZ are playing some excellent cricket these last few years, and if there's anything Australia like better than an English rivalry, it's an NZ rivalry. We should be playing more while things are competitive. My memory deserts me but I think we last toured there around 2011...can't remember, but Clarke broke up with Bingle, came back scored a hundred and Hughes smashed some runs to win. I'd love to see a long test series over there, attractive grounds and troubling conditions like nowhere else in the world, now that England is dry as Adelaide these days. I think NZ gained a lot of fans here last time they toured, that Hobart game was riveting. I'd much prefer to watch that than watch another India-Aus 4-0 thrashing.

  • Yousufahmed1 on July 2, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    @ xyz_79 Thank you for mentioning the whole world. Please ask any cricket fan if Virat is better or Chandimal is better, if Thirri is better or Pujara is better and then come back with the answers.

  • linguboy on July 2, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    @xyz_79 you won your 1st series in England. India have already won 3. stop considering yourselves superior. India drew 2003 test series in Australia. We won in Perth against Australia in 2007-08. How many tests did SL won in Australia??? NONE. how many tests did SL won in India??? ZERO.

  • brokeneffingarm on July 2, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    Hurray!! More home test series meaning greater number of wins on dustbowls & rank turners & what do we get the next time we step out of the subcontinent ? we get x-0 defeats of course. The crowds would get tired of the test cricket saturation & cricket would give way for football as the country's prime sport. Step 2 for destroying cricket in India has been completed.....Congratulations BCCI!!

  • Proteas_Power on July 2, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    @Posted by Yousufahmed1- yeah whole world knows whose youngsters are talented & who's not. That's why we defeat England in England & ur team is just in daydreaming how to beat England. Your previous teams & your current team who toured Australia in past many times why they even can't won a single test series in Australia till now. I know Ind batsmen will somehow tackle Anderson & Broad but do ur team has guts to play in Perth against Mitchell Johnson or Harris or Pattinson. Everybody knows the truth you also..

  • on July 2, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    @hatsforbats. Couldn't have put it any better mate! I'd love nothing more than to see Australia play NZ while they are also playing great cricket , as next time we meet them is not till 2016 I think and who knows what can happen to the teams in that time as one can't predict form etc. I can't even rmember the last time Australia or South Africa toured NZ , can remember Australia in NZ in 2003 or so but nothing after that? Same as SA? Ashes need to go back to 4 years and not 3 series in 15 months or so.

  • on July 2, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    This is good for Indian Cricket. India must play against Aussies and England (especially) because it will help them to understand the nature of the player

  • on July 2, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    where there is money,It come close everything in this world.the thing is clear that other Asian countries like sl,Pak,Bang may not have this kind of number of tests in these countries.Some of our SL player have played more than 15y but the truth is that they didn't get this kind of number of tests in those countries.But my dear indian friends always try to point out the success of our players in those countries.so my dear friends ,it has no doubt that present young players like kholi,raina,rahane,.... will be the most successful in those conditions than any other asian players.I try to point out this truth otherwise we sri lankans r not jealous of BCCI or their players.the thing that we r so happy of BCCI bcoz BCCI has been able to show the strength of asians.It should be happened.so i feel that there is a good lesson for our SLC from India to learn.tc

  • HatsforBats on July 2, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    As an Australian, I am seriously sick of playing India (and England). Surely the ICC can mandate a fair schedule, one not borne of who makes more money and when. I want to see Australia play NZ, WI, Pakistan, SL,

  • Charindra on July 2, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    How ironic that, the way things are shaping up, SL and NZ could be in the top 3 test sides (both home and away) around 2016, and they would play only 2 series against India during that period.

  • on July 2, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Great Job BCCI. Nice to see so many Test matches in FTP. I hope all Test series vs Pak would also be at least 3 matches. Good of you to not give more than 2 matches to Sri Lanka (never win anything in India and Will be a weak team in another year), WI (They don't play Test cricket much now a days). Give 3 matches to Newzealand though. They are an up and coming team.

  • Rebel_Who_Follows_All_The_Rules on July 2, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    Well it seems derz gonna be more one way floggings for OZ when they tour India.How boring!!!

  • on July 2, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    @Sinhaya: We will see mate what happens to Sri Lanka

  • linguboy on July 2, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    @Biggus Yes why did the BCCI arrange a test series with a team that can't play spin or have not produced a decent spinner since warne. Boring cricket in India against Australia in India. But I can't wait to see Australian players running scared for forgetting their homework. haha. how funny was that last time.

  • baghels.a on July 2, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    @Biggus, we don't how Indians will shape up for all those future Aus tours neither do we know how Australian batters would fare against them , i normally stay clear of any type of stereotyping like A can't play on bouncy pitches , B can't play on spinning wickets,C has good batters but not bowlers or viceversa. Please don't spread falsehoods like Indians are not big drawcards in Australia, all surveys done and match figure attendances show India is the 2nd biggest draw after the English,i know that you and some other posters on this website are not happy with BCCI becoming the new power centers and not the old ruling elite of Australia and England. Please refrain from speaking on behalf of what wider Australian public wants.

  • 2nd_Slip on July 2, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    Cricket fans are going to go all overboard blaming the BCCI for all of this, when on the other hand Australia and Eng have been doing the same thing for all these years and nobody has ever said a thing!!. (From a Proteas fan)

  • ladycricfan on July 2, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    @Uk_chap, I don't know about the supposed Pakisthan tour of England this year, but the current India's tour of England was finalised long time back, last year. And also the big three are not playing with themselves only. India's schedule with SA has also been released. India is also going to play 6 series with Pakisthan, 2 at home and 4in the UAE during the next 8 years. India will certainly play with other nations as well.

  • warneneverchuck on July 2, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Fans from SL should know the fact that they r yet to win a test match in india or aus....

  • UK_Chap on July 2, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Cricketfan11111 : What are you on about ? You clearly see and read things that agree with your opinion but anything remotely critical of those you are blind to. How have you arrived at my "logic" from my previous comments, You only need to look at the what is proposed to see the so called big three continuouosly playing each other to the detriment to of the to other teams and countries. Again I ask you how does that help world cricket ? I will give you an example, it was supposed to be Pakistan that toured England this year but in the new scheme of things India and England revamped that schedule amongst themselves.

  • on July 2, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    @Sinhaya @SL_Fan1986 Minnows till 1995!!!! Fell honoured to have been on comparison with Ind, Aus and Eng who have more than 100 year history in cricket. India isn't an enemy to u. Ur financials majorly depend on India. Just because we seem unsettled with a balanced bowling attack presently, u cannot stamp us as 18-0/16-0.... Its just a lean patch and considering our bench strength, talent pool, system n infrastructure, we will soon bounce back n silence d critics. And by the way.. I am an Indian fan who likes SL team and love watching good cricket from any country. Pls dont create hatred among nations via social media

  • malepas on July 2, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    As we thought the over-kill series just to generate more money so India can justify its lion's share without affecting other board's revenues, the problem is this, that as one of our Aussie comrade said, that people may not want to see too many tests on their soil against a team who has the most weakest bowling attacks in major test playing nations, and the thrill of watching best fast bowlers going at each other on helping pitches will not materialised with India playing with mostly medium pacers, so it will be a sort of con with the ticket paying public to see more boring one sided matches at their home grounds just because India needs to generate more money is just ridiculous. How many overseas tests India have won in last 5 years?? I'm not advocating not to play against India but giving them 4/5 away tests series is like killing the game.

  • Sinhaya on July 2, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    @Aneesh DS, keep dreaming! We are perfectly great sans Sangakkara and Jayawardene as Mathews, Vithanage, Senanayake, Kaushal Silva, Eranga, Karunarathne, Priyanjan etc are perfectly great. You are obviously not upto date for sure. Await a mega 5-0 thrashing in England shortly.

  • Yevghenny on July 2, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    how to kill cricket as a spectacle - step 1, play the same matches over and over again for financial purposes

  • AMMAR3438668158 on July 2, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    yes i guess. 20 eng (ind10-eng10), 16 AUS (IND 6-AUS10), 12 SA (IND5-SA7)

  • on July 2, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    @ SL_Fan1986: This will happen to Sri Lanka after the retirement of Sangakkara and Jayawardana

  • ladycricfan on July 2, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    Sanjay was only talking about the arrangements they have already made with few countries. India's plan for other countries will be published soon. Wait for the full FTP involving all the countries before criticising anybody.

  • King-Cobra on July 2, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    @SL_Fan1986: Yeah I can guess more. Ind vs SL in the meantime, played - 10, scoreline: ( 10 - 0 )... Beat that !!

  • wrenx on July 2, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Why? India are rubbish at test cricket. Why not arrange for good teams to play?

  • Abam on July 2, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    @SL_Fan1986- All this test matches against England, Australia and South Africa also includes home series in India. India usually never gets white washed at home, they will win few matches in these series.

  • Biggus on July 2, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Oh dear, endless series Vs India. Purely a money spinning idea since India isn't that much of a draw card down here in Australia. Most of us would prefer hosting a team that has a bowling attack I suspect. Personally I'd like to see more of Pakistan but, as CA has made abundantly clear, they couldn't care less what we want even though we pay for their wages so we'll have to play four home tests against India on average every two years, what a bore!

  • on July 2, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Now that the Sri Lankans have proved beyond any reasonable doubt that they're competitive in all forms of cricket its up to India to confirm that cricket in the sub continent is of a much standard than in England

  • ladycricfan on July 2, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    @Uk_chap, Sometimes a 2-test series might be more interesting than a 5-0 white wash. SL v Eng and the last ashes showed it. Quality always matter. But a 5-test series between two competitive teams is always a treat for any test cricket lover. Just because some choose to play a 2-test series you can't expect everybody else to do the same. According to your logic ashes shouldn't be a 5-test affair, think about it.

  • UK_Chap on July 2, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Cricketfan11111 : Yes thanks BCCI very much, can`t you see how all of this will impact on world cricket, the other teams are not mentioned at all. How is this helping the development of the game ?

  • ladycricfan on July 2, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    It is for the each individual board to arrange their own bilateral series for their liking. India is planning it's future tours. Sanjay Patel was the first to talk about it. Wait for other countries to do the same. There will be plenty of interesting tours.

  • sray23 on July 2, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    It's a good sign that at least the BCCI has committed the Indian team to more away Tests - it was much needed. This should also put to rest the terrible gamesmanship like the one that resulted last year and reduced India's SA tour to 2 Tests. All in all, it looks like BCCI has committed to a more organised schedule of playing Tests. Now the only thing to be seen is if the BCCI keeps its word to playing all these series over the next 8 years!!

  • CamHodgson on July 2, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Didn't take long for the unified superpowers to start looking after each other. Much like T20 cricket, it looks like blanket saturation. The Ashes have already been milked for every ounce of public interest possible, these series' will be no different.

  • Jatin. on July 2, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    Current Indian Team & its Captain should be inducted into Hall of Fame for introducing new Cricket Theory - " How not to win a Test Match"

  • on July 2, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    In next 8 years, England would be No. 1 in tests & India would be No. 8 probably below NZ & WI.

  • SL_Fan1986 on July 2, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    20 V England, Result - ( 18 - 0 ) , 16 V Aus - Result - ( 16 - 0 ) , 12 V SA - Result - ( 11 - 0 ) Any guess ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

  • venkatesh018 on July 2, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    This is too good to believe. On average every two years India plays a 5 test series against England, 4 Test series against Aussies and a 3 Test series against South Africa. THANKS BCCI.

  • ladycricfan on July 2, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    The tri-series in Australia involves England, not Srilanka. Good news that India v England will always be 5-test series home and away in the future. Test cricket is getting much needed boost. Looking forward to see the new FTP.

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  • ladycricfan on July 2, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    The tri-series in Australia involves England, not Srilanka. Good news that India v England will always be 5-test series home and away in the future. Test cricket is getting much needed boost. Looking forward to see the new FTP.

  • venkatesh018 on July 2, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    This is too good to believe. On average every two years India plays a 5 test series against England, 4 Test series against Aussies and a 3 Test series against South Africa. THANKS BCCI.

  • SL_Fan1986 on July 2, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    20 V England, Result - ( 18 - 0 ) , 16 V Aus - Result - ( 16 - 0 ) , 12 V SA - Result - ( 11 - 0 ) Any guess ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

  • on July 2, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    In next 8 years, England would be No. 1 in tests & India would be No. 8 probably below NZ & WI.

  • Jatin. on July 2, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    Current Indian Team & its Captain should be inducted into Hall of Fame for introducing new Cricket Theory - " How not to win a Test Match"

  • CamHodgson on July 2, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Didn't take long for the unified superpowers to start looking after each other. Much like T20 cricket, it looks like blanket saturation. The Ashes have already been milked for every ounce of public interest possible, these series' will be no different.

  • sray23 on July 2, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    It's a good sign that at least the BCCI has committed the Indian team to more away Tests - it was much needed. This should also put to rest the terrible gamesmanship like the one that resulted last year and reduced India's SA tour to 2 Tests. All in all, it looks like BCCI has committed to a more organised schedule of playing Tests. Now the only thing to be seen is if the BCCI keeps its word to playing all these series over the next 8 years!!

  • ladycricfan on July 2, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    It is for the each individual board to arrange their own bilateral series for their liking. India is planning it's future tours. Sanjay Patel was the first to talk about it. Wait for other countries to do the same. There will be plenty of interesting tours.

  • UK_Chap on July 2, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Cricketfan11111 : Yes thanks BCCI very much, can`t you see how all of this will impact on world cricket, the other teams are not mentioned at all. How is this helping the development of the game ?

  • ladycricfan on July 2, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    @Uk_chap, Sometimes a 2-test series might be more interesting than a 5-0 white wash. SL v Eng and the last ashes showed it. Quality always matter. But a 5-test series between two competitive teams is always a treat for any test cricket lover. Just because some choose to play a 2-test series you can't expect everybody else to do the same. According to your logic ashes shouldn't be a 5-test affair, think about it.