Pakistan news July 8, 2014

Pakistan get more Tests, but shorter series with India

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Pakistan are likely to play 77 Tests till January 2023 and will see an increase in the volume of cricket with arch-rivals India as per the latest version of FTP which has been seen by ESPNcricinfo. Despite the increase in numbers, however, each of the three home series with India is likely to feature only two Tests, downgrading the marquee contests.

Apart from the series in 1999 in India, the two teams have historically always competed in at least a series of three Tests and the new proposal is likely to dampen the interest. In recent years, there has been a reduction of the matches between the two teams due to a sensitive political environment. Although the series have been drafted in the new FTP and both the boards have agreed, yet actual cricket will still be subject to government clearances.

Another team with whom Pakistan do not play often in the next cycle is South Africa, despite the two signing an agreement to increase cricketing ties. South Africa will only host Pakistan in December 2018 for a series of three Tests, five ODI and three T20s. Pakistan too host them just once, for a limited-over series in October 2022.

Pakistan will be playing as many as seven series with Australia in this period, with Pakistan hosting five. Australia will host Pakistan in December 2016 and 2019 for six Tests and six ODIs.

Despite a glut of Test matches, Pakistan only feature in three four-Test series. Two of them will be played in England - in 2016 and 2020 - and one in West Indies, in 2017. Against West Indies, Pakistan only play two more Tests - at home, 10 years after they last hosted them for a series.

Pakistan will also not host Bangladesh or Zimbabwe in the next cycle. They were due to host Zimbabwe this year but the series was cancelled and now Pakistan is slotted to visit Zimbabwe in the summer of 2018 - the only series in the eight-year period.

Member nations have been told to sign their bilateral agreements by the next ICC Board meeting in October in order to firmly establish that FTP is both "binding and bankable".

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • Jerome_M on July 15, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    Its good to Pakistan to get more tests..

  • on July 12, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    @chennai_cricket don't flatter yourself the world over laughs at the Indian bowling line up... your bowlers at best have one descent year n that's it they are finished. . Zaheer khan was the last half descent bowler u had..look at Ishan't sharma he's had coaching from wasim akram yet he is still below average. . Then u have the likes of Mitchell Johnson who has had a little help from wasim n he has gone from strength to strength... Other than kholi/raina/Dhoni the rest of the Indian team is weak at best

  • truth1 on July 11, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Yes chennai_cricket. very true. we all saw that when Pakistan last last played ODI series in India.Congratulations! Keep it up.

  • Chennai_Cricket on July 11, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    @wapuser- This mediocre bowling is enough for pakistan mediocre batting.

  • on July 10, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    This looks fine but, i reckon that a two test series must be washed away as this is just nothing. I wish both India and Pakistan should play more often like to that of Ashes a 5 Tests series. It is annoying to play a 2 test series with any opponent. PCB should lock much test series with all bigger opponent as Pakistan is a big nation too in terms of playing tests.

  • Cricket_Man on July 10, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    I want this FTP of Pakistan to be improved as this isn't enough. Mostly all the other teams have been busy playing since the T20 world cup except Pakistan. We have to wait till August to see our players play in just a few matches in Sri Lanka. I want to see Pakistan playing more Tests against New Zealand, South Africa. West Indies and probably tour Australia a bit more. I would want to see at least three tests being played in all the series' Pakistan plays in, especially the ones with India.

  • on July 10, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    cricket my life ilove pakistan time

  • Prats6 on July 9, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    A 2 Test series is a joke. But expect BCCI to come up with one and expect PCB to take them seriously.

  • on July 9, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Not a entertaining schedule... must be amended to increase the tours

  • NY-NY on July 9, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    I hope common sense prevails and both Pak and SA add more test and ODI's. Even 6 tests with WI is shameful but I understand that WI board couldnt afford two tests last year and opted for 2 more ODIs and T20. But Pak and SA should have enough money to host each other for more than just 3 tests.

  • Jerome_M on July 15, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    Its good to Pakistan to get more tests..

  • on July 12, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    @chennai_cricket don't flatter yourself the world over laughs at the Indian bowling line up... your bowlers at best have one descent year n that's it they are finished. . Zaheer khan was the last half descent bowler u had..look at Ishan't sharma he's had coaching from wasim akram yet he is still below average. . Then u have the likes of Mitchell Johnson who has had a little help from wasim n he has gone from strength to strength... Other than kholi/raina/Dhoni the rest of the Indian team is weak at best

  • truth1 on July 11, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Yes chennai_cricket. very true. we all saw that when Pakistan last last played ODI series in India.Congratulations! Keep it up.

  • Chennai_Cricket on July 11, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    @wapuser- This mediocre bowling is enough for pakistan mediocre batting.

  • on July 10, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    This looks fine but, i reckon that a two test series must be washed away as this is just nothing. I wish both India and Pakistan should play more often like to that of Ashes a 5 Tests series. It is annoying to play a 2 test series with any opponent. PCB should lock much test series with all bigger opponent as Pakistan is a big nation too in terms of playing tests.

  • Cricket_Man on July 10, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    I want this FTP of Pakistan to be improved as this isn't enough. Mostly all the other teams have been busy playing since the T20 world cup except Pakistan. We have to wait till August to see our players play in just a few matches in Sri Lanka. I want to see Pakistan playing more Tests against New Zealand, South Africa. West Indies and probably tour Australia a bit more. I would want to see at least three tests being played in all the series' Pakistan plays in, especially the ones with India.

  • on July 10, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    cricket my life ilove pakistan time

  • Prats6 on July 9, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    A 2 Test series is a joke. But expect BCCI to come up with one and expect PCB to take them seriously.

  • on July 9, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Not a entertaining schedule... must be amended to increase the tours

  • NY-NY on July 9, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    I hope common sense prevails and both Pak and SA add more test and ODI's. Even 6 tests with WI is shameful but I understand that WI board couldnt afford two tests last year and opted for 2 more ODIs and T20. But Pak and SA should have enough money to host each other for more than just 3 tests.

  • on July 9, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    It's not fair for cricket, especially for Pakistan Test Cricket that India will play only two tests in a series. Both teams have experienced players of test cricket so they should play more tests to promote further cricket.

  • on July 9, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    Good luck Pakistan Team

  • Morfi on July 9, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    77 Tests in the next 9 years is just an average of about 8 per year - way below desirable. They should be looking for more matches against other teams too like S Africa and Sri Lanka and New Zealand and Windies. Just by increasing one test in every tour will make a huge difference to the number of matches Pakistan play. India's series of 2 tests are meaningless - they should be increased to at least 3 or 4 tests.

  • on July 9, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    @ wapuser yeah by doing that u can safe guard ur bowler's pride

  • GR8GAUR on July 9, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    @wapuser: agree with you. Even as an Indian we want our bowlers to bowl againt some real good batsmen in the world and not some average ones.

  • on July 9, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    There should have been more matches with SA but overall a good FTP.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on July 9, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    Pakistan should hopefully play more against SA. I really doubt indian commitment to series. Pakistan must find a good replacement for razzaq as it's vacant. Good look Pakistan. They must also identify their future captain for long term.

  • on July 9, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    I'm as a cricket fan disappointed with India only playing 2 tests with Pakistan I'm an Indian but love the contest between two nations ideally there should be at least two 5 test series if that is too much then minimum at least 3 tests should be played in each series pending government clearance

  • SANATP22 on July 9, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    Good pakistan cricket, best luck , hope they have good series against top nation

  • on July 8, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    To be fair I would much rather pak play more against SA, Australia, West indies and Sri Lanka. ..Our players would gain more from playing the nation's stated above than playing India. .. Our batting is our weakness so the real test would be against good bowlers not a medicore Indian bowling line up or an over hyped England bowling line up

  • on July 8, 2014, 22:03 GMT

    only 3 with SA and 6 with WI? hosting WI after 10 years? this is really very shocking ftp. even with Zim or BD so less test matches in next 8 years ? with india , i think 3 test match series would have been better. no game between these 2 sides is dull and easy.

    if all the series with india goes as planned even then 77 tests in 8 years are very less as compared to others. numbers for WI and SA are shocking. BD and ZIM need more tests as well.

  • Javed_mgi on July 8, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    there is a lot of time (till October -till next ICC board meeting- at least) to sign more bilateral agreements with the other 9 test cricketing nations, and more importantly with the big three and with sri Lanka and south Africa. I hope the PCB will add as more matches as they can to the proposed FTP.

  • hamza893 on July 8, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Currently Pakistan is ranked third in the world in tests and I as a Pakistani and a cricket supporter wants more tests for my country.

    I'm really shocked that we have no test series with SA in this cycle.SA has been always a watchful team and I want 3-4 full series with them.

    Now gone are the days when we had a craze for Pak-India series.

  • mensan on July 8, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    Strange that PAK-SA contests reduced. I hope they could schedule more tours.

  • on July 8, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    so realistically pakistan will play 65 tests 88 odi's and 37 t20's is it from july 2015?

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  • on July 8, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    so realistically pakistan will play 65 tests 88 odi's and 37 t20's is it from july 2015?

  • mensan on July 8, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    Strange that PAK-SA contests reduced. I hope they could schedule more tours.

  • hamza893 on July 8, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Currently Pakistan is ranked third in the world in tests and I as a Pakistani and a cricket supporter wants more tests for my country.

    I'm really shocked that we have no test series with SA in this cycle.SA has been always a watchful team and I want 3-4 full series with them.

    Now gone are the days when we had a craze for Pak-India series.

  • Javed_mgi on July 8, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    there is a lot of time (till October -till next ICC board meeting- at least) to sign more bilateral agreements with the other 9 test cricketing nations, and more importantly with the big three and with sri Lanka and south Africa. I hope the PCB will add as more matches as they can to the proposed FTP.

  • on July 8, 2014, 22:03 GMT

    only 3 with SA and 6 with WI? hosting WI after 10 years? this is really very shocking ftp. even with Zim or BD so less test matches in next 8 years ? with india , i think 3 test match series would have been better. no game between these 2 sides is dull and easy.

    if all the series with india goes as planned even then 77 tests in 8 years are very less as compared to others. numbers for WI and SA are shocking. BD and ZIM need more tests as well.

  • on July 8, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    To be fair I would much rather pak play more against SA, Australia, West indies and Sri Lanka. ..Our players would gain more from playing the nation's stated above than playing India. .. Our batting is our weakness so the real test would be against good bowlers not a medicore Indian bowling line up or an over hyped England bowling line up

  • SANATP22 on July 9, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    Good pakistan cricket, best luck , hope they have good series against top nation

  • on July 9, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    I'm as a cricket fan disappointed with India only playing 2 tests with Pakistan I'm an Indian but love the contest between two nations ideally there should be at least two 5 test series if that is too much then minimum at least 3 tests should be played in each series pending government clearance

  • Syed_imran_abbas on July 9, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    Pakistan should hopefully play more against SA. I really doubt indian commitment to series. Pakistan must find a good replacement for razzaq as it's vacant. Good look Pakistan. They must also identify their future captain for long term.

  • on July 9, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    There should have been more matches with SA but overall a good FTP.