Announced: FTP 2018-2023
Today, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the Future Tour Program (FTP) for a few year cycle starting from 2018 till 2023. This new FTP includes both World Test Championship & ODI League. The World Test Championship will run twice in a span of four years with first cycle starting from next year’s Ashes between Australia & England in England and its return series will occur in 2nd cycle starting in 2021-2022 after the Final of the previous cycle. The teams will play 3 home and 3 away series in each cycle with only Top 9 teams in the ICC Test Rankings set to take part & Ireland, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe will not be a part but can play with others sides in un-planned bilateral contests.
Meanwhile the ODI league will consist of 13 teams including 12 Full Members of ICC and the Netherlands who are the current winners of World Cricket League (Associate Nation Tournament). The league will be the pathway for the 2023 World Cup which will be held in India. The top 7 ranked teams including hosts (India) will qualify and the rest of the sides will fight it out in World Cup Qualifiers with deadline for automatic qualification for World Cup is March 31, 2022.
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The Chief Executive Mr. Dave Richardson congratulated the members for coming up with a competetive FTP and specially the new FTP can ignite the lost interest of people in Test Matches.
Now, talking about India, we are certainly going to play a lot of cricket with Australia & New Zealand in the new FTP. In the first cycle of World Test Championship India will play against Windies, New Zealand & Australia in a away series and South Africa, Bangladesh & England at home with top two sides in the ICC Test Rankings qulaifying for the Final which will be held in June 2021.
India- World Test Championship FTP:-
Windies->3 Tests in July-Aug 2019
New Zealand-> 2 Tests in Feb 2020
Australia-> 4 Tests in Dec 2020
South Africa-> 3 Tests in Oct 2019
Bangladesh-> 2 Tests in Nov 2019
England-> 5 Tests in Feb-Mar 2021
* The series mentioned above may include ODI’s & T20I’s.
The full FTP is mentioned below or just click the link to know more: