International commitments of BCCI to play India against any international team has been unbalanced. Both captain Virat Kohli and former skipper MS Dhoni have been vocal against workload of the team as India played long series both in and away home. Per the captains, players need adequate rest between tournaments to perform consistently. Also, apart from player’s rest, the schedule of tournaments has been highly asynchronous.
In the earlier season team India player mostly away from home and in the recent one, it has been busy hosting other teams. This lack of balance will be acknowledged in the new Future Tour Program(FTP) prepared by BCCI. The FTP will schedule the tournaments for India from year 2019 to 2023. Per the CoA, it will feature ‘a balance’ in series at home and away. Also, the program will outline tournaments across all formats. The FTP features 84 days of international cricket in 2019-20 and in the next, it will play 68. These matches will be only in Test and ODI formats. Other bilateral series as well as ICC and Asian Cricket Council tournaments are not listed in the FTP.
Per reports, BCCI will roll out the new FTP at ICC Workshop held in Singapore shortly. Per the new program 2019 and 2020 will feature Test and ODI tournaments. While discussing about future tour programs, other full members will be also taken on board. Earlier in November, BCCI was in discussion with Geoff Allardice, ICC General Manager of Cricket to oversee new FTP. Also, Rahul Johri met the CEOs of ECB and Cricket Australia to discuss future scheduling. Per ICC regulations full members are to play against six countries at home or away in a period of two years. Per an official, BCCI put forward its availability through the FTP.
A top BCCI official disclosed that India is set to play most against Australia, England, and South Africa. The rest of the teams will have a maximum of two matches with India. Playing against these top teams is posed as a huge benefit for BCCI in terms of finance. India is set to host in two windows before the IPL. One in October-November season and the other in February-March. Per Vinod Rai, Chairman on CoA, the new FTP will present a ‘manageable’ workload to players.
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