BCCI to increase the number of matches at home

India will host 81 matches across formats from 2019-2023, 30 more than the previous Future Tours Programme.

Addressing the media after the meeting, the acting secretary of the Board, Amitabh Chaudhary, announced that in the proposed Future Tours Programme(FTP) for the next four years, the number of matches had increased from 51 to 81 at home.   -  PTI

At its Special General body meeting here on Monday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to increase the number of matches, especially at home, over the next four seasons, but at the same time ensured the reduction in the number of playing days, as compared to the past.

Addressing the media after the meeting, the acting secretary of the Board, Amitabh Chaudhary, announced that in the proposed Future Tours Programme(FTP) for the next four years, the number of matches had increased from 51 to 81 at home.

It was mentioned that the number of match days in all would be reduced from 390 to 306. This would not include the World Cup in 2023, and the ICC Champions Trophy scheduled for 2021.

More importantly, most of the matches, more than 50 percent for India in that period, would be against the top teams like Australia, England and South Africa.

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It was stressed that more number of matches at home would ensure the increased revenue for the Board. With more home crowd and more certainty of matches, October to December would be deemed the primary home season. The period from January to March, with cricket facing ‘more difficulties’, would be categorised as the secondary season.

It was also stated that the national cricket units would operate more under the guidance of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in the future, even while negotiating bilateral series, after the ICC Board meets in February, and introduces the proposed Test League and One-day League.

On the subject of the erstwhile IPL franchisee, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, the General Body decided to pursue the legal course and proceed to challenge the demand for compensation, ruling out the possibility of any ‘out of court’ settlement.

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As far as the request of the Government and the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA), to route cricket’s anti-doping measures through the national agency, the Board stressed that it was WADA compliant through the ICC. Moreover, its robust anti-doping methods and the fact that the same laboratory was being used, was acknowledged by all concerned and thoroughly explained in its response.

“We go through the same procedures, same laboratories and have the same therapeutic exemptions,’’ explained Amitabh Chaudhary, about the Board’s reluctance to disturb an already efficient implementation of anti-doping measures.

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