• Wednesday, October 05, 2022

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India to play Australia in 5-Test series 1st time since 1991-92; twice in next 4 years

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By: Shubham Ghosh

The Indian cricket team will play a total of 38 Tests, 39 one-day internationals (ODIs) and 61 T20 internationals between May 2023 and April 2027 and they are outside marquee International Cricket Council (ICC) events such as the world cups and Champions Trophy, the latest Future Tours Programme (FTP) unveiled by the ICC on Wednesday (17) said.

During the cycle, India will take on Australia in a five-Test match series two times and it also be the first time that the Border-Gavaskar Trophy that the two powerhouses battle for in their Test rivalry, will be contested over five Tests.

The last time that India and Australia played a five-match Test series was Down Under in 1991-92 and the hosts won that series 4-0.

The next edition of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which is currently in possession of India, will be played early next year. It is, however, a four-match series and not part of the latest FTP cycle. The first of the five-match series between the two teams in the latest FTP will be played in 2024-25 in Australia. It will be part of the 2023-25 World Test Championship.

The second five-match series will be played in India in 2025-26 when Australia will travel to India and this series will be part of the 2025-27 World Test Championship.

In their first assignment of the 2023-27 FTP cycle, India will go to the West Indies in July-August 2023 for a tour featuring two Tests, two ODIs and three T20Is. A five-match Test series is likely to happen against England at home between January and March 2024.

“I’d like to thank our Members for the effort that has gone into creating this FTP for the next four years. We are incredibly lucky to have three vibrant formats of the game, with an outstanding programme of ICC global events and strong bilateral and domestic cricket and this FTP is designed to allow all cricket to flourish,” ICC general manager of cricket Wasim Khan said.

The FTP cycle will also feature four major ICC tournaments, with the first one being the 50-over World Cup in India next year. It will be followed by the T20 World Cup in 2024, Champions Trophy in 2025, another T20 World Cup in 2026 and the 50-over World Cup the following year.

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