DUBAI: The International Cricket Council on behalf of its Members here Wednesday released the men’s Future Tours Programme (FTP) from 2018-2023, says an ICC release.
The FTP provides clarity and certainty around all bilateral international fixtures and incorporates all three formats of the game. The result of a significant collective effort from the Members, with the support of the ICC, the FTP focuses on bringing more context to bilateral cricket. A World Test Championship has been created along with a 13-team men’s ODI league that will act as a qualification pathway for the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Nine top-ranked sides will participate in the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship, which will run from July 15, 2019, to April 30, 2021.
The sides will play six series in the two-year cycle on a home and away basis against opponents they have mutually selected. The two top-ranked sides will then progress to the June 2021 final to decide the World Test champions.
In addition, the 12 Test-playing nations and the Netherlands, will participate in the 13-team ODI League, which will run from May 1, 2020, to March 31, 2022, and all the sides will play eight series over a two-year cycle on a home and away basis against mutually agreed with opponents.
Pakistan’s opening series in the World Test Championship is against Sri Lanka at home in October 2019, while their first ODI series in the league is against the Netherlands in the Netherlands on July 2020.
This league will serve as a qualification pathway for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. India (as host) plus the seven highest-ranked sides in the ODI league as on March 31, 2022, will qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, while the bottom five sides will get a second chance to qualify through the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier.
The principles followed by Members in the creation of this men’s FTP include scheduling the appropriate amount of cricket in each format (home and away) for each Member; with matches scheduled at the preferred time of year in each territory; inclusion of existing series that have already been committed to commercial partners (mainly in 2019-20); providing optimum preparation for ICC Events by playing the same format immediately before the tournament; sufficient time for Members to schedule their preferred bilateral content outside of World Test Championship and ODI league; periods when individual Boards want to allow their national team players to be available to compete in domestic T20 leagues.
Pakistan – 13 Tests (6 Home Series and 7 Away series)
October 2019: Two home Tests against Sri Lanka
November-December 2019: Two away Tests in Australia
January-February 2020: Two home Tests against Bangladesh
July-August 2020: Three away Tests in England
December 2020: Two away Tests in New Zealand
January-February 2021: Two home Tests against South Africa