India to play 81 matches at home from 2019

Ruben Hill
December 11, 2017

However, the number of T20Is is likely to shoot up thrice the number they played in the earlier FTP during the period from 2019 to 2023.

According to a report in Cricbuzz, the yet-to-be introduced FTP will feature 37 Tests, 67 ODIs and 54 T20Is as compared to the previous FTP which had 36 Tests, 73 ODIs and 18 T20Is.

In the meeting it was further decided that Team India will play nearly fifty percent of its matches against big global teams like England, Australia and South Africa.

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. 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 workload management of players has been another issue that has been discussed in several quarters.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is unlikely to reduce the number of playing days of the Indian cricket team as it fears it might affect direct revenue from broadcasters.

The next FTP cycle at home will include high-profile series against England, South Africa and Australia. This series will mark the beginning of the home media rights for five years from April 2018.

Ahead of the crucial BCCI SGM in New Delhi on Monday, the new proposal, which mirrors the proposed changes that are going to happen in the BCCI's financial model, will be discussed. There are also talks of a home series against Australia and Zimbabwe in the 2018-19 season, with 5 ODIs and two T20Is against the former and one Test and three ODIs against the latter. Having the right balance is key, especially with India hosting the Champions Trophy in 2021 and the World Cup in 2023.

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