India set to play 158 global matches in four-year period

India set to play 158 global matches in four-year period

India set to play 158 global matches in four-year period

Virat Kohli had complained of cramped schedule few weeks ago. He along with MS Dhoni and Ravi Shastri had a meeting with CoA to discuss array of topics, one of them being the hectic schedule. BCCI, however, have different plans.

If everything goes to plan, India are set to play 158 worldwide matches between 2019 and 2023 according to the revised Future Tours Programme (FTP) with the month of April and May set to be a global cricket free window, reserved for the IPL.

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The previous FTP had 36 Tests, 73 ODIs and 18 T20Is with a total of 127 games, whereas the newly prepared FTP will have 37 Tests, 67 ODIs and 54 T20s - a total of 158 home and away worldwide matches. With the broadcaster making close to Rs 20 crore from every T20 match after doling out Rs 40 crore for every match at home, this could be the windfall for BCCI if the general body gives the thumbs-up to the new FTP. The decision means that the Indian team might not play inconsequential series like the ongoing one against Sri Lanka.

BCCI's SGM will be held in New Delhi on Monday. They will have to play more matches as a result but in a bid to provide some relief to the players, the Indian board is looking to spread the games more evenly. That is never going to happen. As things stand, India aren't slated to play a home game in 2018 with the tour of South Africa that starts on January 5 to be followed by the Independence Cup and the IPL before the tour of England and then Down Under to face Australia. This series will mark the beginning of the home media rights for five years from April 2018. It involves three-match Test series, five-match ODI series and a T20I.

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