India news July 10, 2014

BCCI seeks to limit India's bilateral T20s

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The BCCI is yet to officially approve India's Future Tours Programme for the coming cycle, from 2014 to 2023, due to an issue over the number of T20s scheduled in bilateral series. The board is reluctant to play more than one T20 in a bilateral series.

They had signed MoUs with all other boards over the number of bilateral series to be played over the next years on the sidelines of the ICC's annual conference in Melbourne, but the number of matches, especially T20s, for each series is far from being final.

India are supposed to play 47 T20s during the next FTP cycle, starting with the tour to Australia in December 2014 and culminating with New Zealand's tour to India in January 2023. These 47 matches, excluding the ones during the World T20, are spread over 29 bilateral series.

However, 13 of those 29 series have India playing at least two T20s. The BCCI seniors' wish to cut down on bilateral T20s might stem from a desire to maintain the appeal of the Indian Premier League. All the top players in India are seen in action for their respective franchises in at least 14 games per IPL season and a possible two to four additional games should the team make the playoffs.

No one from the BCCI officialdom admits the fact as it is, though. Some of them stress on the fact that they don't want "Indian players to play too many T20s, thus resulting in ODIs being completely redundant". As a result, the BCCI will try and negotiate with seven of the 10 cricket boards for reducing the number of T20 fixtures.

According to the existing FTP draft, every team barring England, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are slated to play two T20s against India in a series at least once over the next eight years. If BCCI succeeds in its negotiations, South Africa and Pakistan will be the biggest losers. While India is supposed to play two T20s in each of its four bilateral series with South Africa during the FTP window, Pakistan are pitted against India in 11 T20s spread over five series.

If the other boards cede to BCCI's request, then there could be a minor change to the number of ODIs to be played in the series. Pakistan's itinerary is likely to remain unchanged, since Pakistan cricketers don't feature in the IPL and the broadcasters are likely to put their foot down. A reduction in number of T20 games in an India series, especially at home, would result in significant loss of revenues for Cricket South Africa.

The BCCI have traditionally been averse to playing T20 fixtures in bilateral series. Ever since India's maiden T20 international in South Africa in December 2006, the Indian team has played only 52 T20s and 28 of them have been spread over five World T20s.

Besides finalising the FTP of the national side, the BCCI is also planning to formulate its own schedules for the India A and India Under-19 sides. The consensus among the top management of the BCCI has been that as far as possible, the junior and the A sides should tour major cricketing opposition in the months before the national team's tour to the country.

The BCCI has already started implementing the theory with India A sides since last year. Fringe players toured South Africa A before India's curtailed tour to South Africa in December 2013. Similarly, India A is touring Australia at the moment, five months ahead of the senior side's four-Test series. The BCCI hierarchy wants the same policy extended to the Under-19 team in order to give more exposure to talented youngsters.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY OpeninBatsman on | July 11, 2014, 23:12 GMT

    Damned if you do, damned if you don't

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    oh! no plz increase the t20 matches and try to keep matches with top ranked associate countries

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | July 11, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    dwblurb I agree with you, look at the 20/20 part of the NZ to WI tour, we played a 2nd string team as we obviously don't care about it, besides the world cup who remembers who beat who in past games?

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | July 11, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Why on earth are we (New Zealand) playing so much ODI's vs India? We are playing more ODI's than any other country but less tests than most. Is it because India rate us at this version or simple financial reasons? It doesn't make sense.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Does this schedule mean West Indies can be replaced by Ireland?

  • POSTED BY dwblurb on | July 11, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    Whatever the reasons behind it, this is good news. If T20s must be played, keep them at domestic level with perhaps the World T20 only at international level.

  • POSTED BY ste13 on | July 11, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Good move. Although this is driven to boost IPL, I still believe this is the future of cricket. T20 as a club/domestic format - tests and ODi as international level.

  • POSTED BY SaifS on | July 11, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    NOOOOO, please increase, and maintain balance amongst the three formats. 3 T20s, 3 ODIs and 3 Tests (or in the reverse order) should be an ideal tour...

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | July 11, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    This is good from cricket India. I'm beginning to accept what they are doing, they are now playing lots of Tests, and ODI's while keeping T20 at a minimum, showing the primacy of the two traditional forms of the game.

    Good on the BCCI, lets hope they continue to lead in this manner.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | July 11, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    BCCI understands one thing: more is less. Create a scarcity of something and the price goes up. Smart, BCCI. Very business-like. It's an area in which you are nobody's equal. (As for me, the more you keep t20 domestic, the better. )

  • POSTED BY OpeninBatsman on | July 11, 2014, 23:12 GMT

    Damned if you do, damned if you don't

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    oh! no plz increase the t20 matches and try to keep matches with top ranked associate countries

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | July 11, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    dwblurb I agree with you, look at the 20/20 part of the NZ to WI tour, we played a 2nd string team as we obviously don't care about it, besides the world cup who remembers who beat who in past games?

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | July 11, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Why on earth are we (New Zealand) playing so much ODI's vs India? We are playing more ODI's than any other country but less tests than most. Is it because India rate us at this version or simple financial reasons? It doesn't make sense.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Does this schedule mean West Indies can be replaced by Ireland?

  • POSTED BY dwblurb on | July 11, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    Whatever the reasons behind it, this is good news. If T20s must be played, keep them at domestic level with perhaps the World T20 only at international level.

  • POSTED BY ste13 on | July 11, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Good move. Although this is driven to boost IPL, I still believe this is the future of cricket. T20 as a club/domestic format - tests and ODi as international level.

  • POSTED BY SaifS on | July 11, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    NOOOOO, please increase, and maintain balance amongst the three formats. 3 T20s, 3 ODIs and 3 Tests (or in the reverse order) should be an ideal tour...

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | July 11, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    This is good from cricket India. I'm beginning to accept what they are doing, they are now playing lots of Tests, and ODI's while keeping T20 at a minimum, showing the primacy of the two traditional forms of the game.

    Good on the BCCI, lets hope they continue to lead in this manner.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | July 11, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    BCCI understands one thing: more is less. Create a scarcity of something and the price goes up. Smart, BCCI. Very business-like. It's an area in which you are nobody's equal. (As for me, the more you keep t20 domestic, the better. )

  • POSTED BY Ajit87 on | July 11, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Because of financial agenda, BCCI don't want to play more T20 .But if everybody play less matches ,then T20 world cup become more glamours same like Football world cup .There top countries encounters is not frequent during two world cup.

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | July 11, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    why not play more T20Is....every country plays...India playing against Pakistan or Australia or South Africa is much better to watch rather than watching Mi v Csk...

  • POSTED BY sachinhari on | July 11, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    Well done India...you already have enough T20s in the form of IPL. This gives more focus on Tests & ODIs

  • POSTED BY SANATP22 on | July 11, 2014, 1:43 GMT

    Good for Indian player that they can play many more cricket in top nation also bench strengths also get opportunity to show their talent and skill. Best luck 4 team india

  • POSTED BY TNAmarkFromIndia on | July 10, 2014, 23:38 GMT

    I'm not against it. I prefer ODIs to T20Is anyway. Most of the Indian players already play their fair share of T20s with the IPL and Champions League T20.

    What I would like the BCCI to do is organize bilateral or trilateral series with teams like Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Ireland and/or Netherlands. These teams need to play more international cricket and become more competitive sides.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 10, 2014, 23:31 GMT

    good on the bcci. one t20 per series is more than enough

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    I dont understand why the Full members don't hold trilateral T20 comps at the end of series with the closest top ranked associate and at least show some sort of a desire to help spread the game and allow the associates to get some funding through TV rights in their own country. So much for meritocracy and helping towards self sufficiency. Case in point India the only country to tour England in recent years who have not scheduled a match or matches against any of Netherlands, Ireland or Scotland.

  • POSTED BY hassubaby on | July 10, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    ICC wants to maintain india's number 1 spot in T20s. If india play less they lose less and hence they have a greater chance of maintaining that number one position!

  • POSTED BY Ramesh_Joseph on | July 10, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    I think that other than world cup, T20 should be limited to domestic leagues like BBL, IPL, BPL etc. Bilateral International series should consist of Tests & ODIs only.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | July 10, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    With Tests and even 50 over ODIs heading towards slow demise, I suggest India and other nations should play more T20s. This is the only format where even lower rung team like Ireland, Zim, BD, Kenya, Canada, etc. can give good account of themselves competing against the big guns. After all, cricket fans would like to see the game expand to more countries.

  • POSTED BY ShahmirRuhail on | July 10, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    It's ridiculous from India, they should play sufficient amount of T20s. Secondly, there players should be flexible enough to adjust or play or most appropriately tune-in in all formats of the game

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | July 10, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    Have either one T20I to tune the national teams for the T20WC or have 3-match series to have a series winner at the end. Playing 2 matches make no sense when the series ends 1-1 and the trophy is shared. You can even have all 3matches on the same venue on 3 consecutive days to cut out the travel time.

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | July 10, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    Very, very clever...! India wants to keep its premium million dollar brand IPL exclusive and lucrative. By limiting its players appearance minimal in T20s at International level BCCI wants to keep their USP and appearance exclusive in its own private IPL and Champions League. With the new world order we are not far from the day when Club cricket will be almost equivalent or bigger then International cricket. It is pity that even ICCs biggest event like T20 world cup doesnt matter to BCCI or else how do you justify its stance of limiting international T20s. How else do you prepare for these events..off course by playing in IPL.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | July 10, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    I wish there was more T20 Internationals for all sides seems liek there is so many 3 or 5 ODI's to 1 or 0 T20 always scheduled I'd much rather see 3 of each or at very least 2 T20's.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    I do not get it. India are already playing the least number of T20 Internationals by far. Here are the T20Is per country from teh Rankings site :

    India = 15 , Sri Lanka = 23 , Pakistan = 26 , South Africa = 23 , Australia = 22 , New Zealand = 22 , West Indies = 25 , England = 24 , Bangladesh = 16 ,

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  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    I do not get it. India are already playing the least number of T20 Internationals by far. Here are the T20Is per country from teh Rankings site :

    India = 15 , Sri Lanka = 23 , Pakistan = 26 , South Africa = 23 , Australia = 22 , New Zealand = 22 , West Indies = 25 , England = 24 , Bangladesh = 16 ,

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | July 10, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    I wish there was more T20 Internationals for all sides seems liek there is so many 3 or 5 ODI's to 1 or 0 T20 always scheduled I'd much rather see 3 of each or at very least 2 T20's.

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | July 10, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    Very, very clever...! India wants to keep its premium million dollar brand IPL exclusive and lucrative. By limiting its players appearance minimal in T20s at International level BCCI wants to keep their USP and appearance exclusive in its own private IPL and Champions League. With the new world order we are not far from the day when Club cricket will be almost equivalent or bigger then International cricket. It is pity that even ICCs biggest event like T20 world cup doesnt matter to BCCI or else how do you justify its stance of limiting international T20s. How else do you prepare for these events..off course by playing in IPL.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | July 10, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    Have either one T20I to tune the national teams for the T20WC or have 3-match series to have a series winner at the end. Playing 2 matches make no sense when the series ends 1-1 and the trophy is shared. You can even have all 3matches on the same venue on 3 consecutive days to cut out the travel time.

  • POSTED BY ShahmirRuhail on | July 10, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    It's ridiculous from India, they should play sufficient amount of T20s. Secondly, there players should be flexible enough to adjust or play or most appropriately tune-in in all formats of the game

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | July 10, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    With Tests and even 50 over ODIs heading towards slow demise, I suggest India and other nations should play more T20s. This is the only format where even lower rung team like Ireland, Zim, BD, Kenya, Canada, etc. can give good account of themselves competing against the big guns. After all, cricket fans would like to see the game expand to more countries.

  • POSTED BY Ramesh_Joseph on | July 10, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    I think that other than world cup, T20 should be limited to domestic leagues like BBL, IPL, BPL etc. Bilateral International series should consist of Tests & ODIs only.

  • POSTED BY hassubaby on | July 10, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    ICC wants to maintain india's number 1 spot in T20s. If india play less they lose less and hence they have a greater chance of maintaining that number one position!

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    I dont understand why the Full members don't hold trilateral T20 comps at the end of series with the closest top ranked associate and at least show some sort of a desire to help spread the game and allow the associates to get some funding through TV rights in their own country. So much for meritocracy and helping towards self sufficiency. Case in point India the only country to tour England in recent years who have not scheduled a match or matches against any of Netherlands, Ireland or Scotland.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 10, 2014, 23:31 GMT

    good on the bcci. one t20 per series is more than enough