India scheduled to host 102 games in the next five years
India have recently played a triangular T20I series against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Updated - Apr 2, 2018 4:52 pm
The Indian cricket will be having a hectic schedule ahead of them over the next five years. The Men in Blue are scheduled to play 102 games in that time period as per reports in the Mumbai Mirror. Meanwhile, they will also host 22 Test matches at home till 2023. In the 2018-19 season, India are to play 18 matches while the number decrease to 14 in the 2020-21 season.
However, they will play 26, 21 and 23 matches respectively in 2019-20, 2021-22 and 2022-23 respectively. The Tests will be played against the likes of Australia (2018 and 2022), England (2020), and South Africa (2019 and 2021). While the series against the Proteas will be a four-match affair, the series against England will consist of five games.
“FTP is equally packed”- BCCI official
India will also host five One Day Internationals and a couple of T20 Internationals against Australia this year. Meanwhile, there are won’t be any triangular series in the country slotted in the Future Tours Programme (FTP). “In case a window is available, we cannot plan a tri-series because all the teams’ FTP is equally packed. So the chances are remote,” a BCCI official mentioned.
The official also mentioned about the broadcaster’s issue of fees surrounding the India and non-India games. Also, India won’t host either of Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the next five years. As per the ICC, every team has to play a minimum of six series, home and away in a period of four years, which would eventually decide the finalists of the ICC Test Championship.
In 2018, India have already had a couple of International assignments in South Africa and Sri Lanka respectively. While in the Rainbow nation, they played an ODI and T20I series, the participated in the triangular T20I series featuring Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as well.