FTP 2019-23 to be confirmed at ICC meeting in Kolkata

The important document that binds the Test playing nations to adhere to the FTP will be given to the ICC at its quarterly meeting in Kolkata on April 25 and 26.

A BCCI official informed that the board will be able to proceed with the home bilateral series media rights tender for 2018-23 well before April.   -  GETTY IMAGES

The Future Tours Programme (FTP) for 2019-2023 may have already been agreed upon by the full members of the ICC, but the important document that binds the Test playing nations to adhere to the programme will be given to the ICC at its quarterly meeting in Kolkata on April 25 and 26.

"The FTP is a document that is planned and agreed upon by the Test playing nations. The Chief Executives meeting did not take place in Dubai; they will meet in Kolkata, consider it again and give it to the ICC,’’ said an official.

Although the ICC does not have a say on the way the FTP is planned, it comes into the picture in a big way because the nine-team Test league and 13 team ODI league is set to start in 2019 and 2020. Captains of most international teams have stated that the Test league will introduce "meaningful context’’ to a Test series and will tell them where they stand at different points in time.

An Indian board official said that the FTP is a finished product and hence the BCCI will be able to proceed with the home bilateral series media rights tender for 2018-23 well before April. The BCCI’s present agreement with Star India will end in March.

DRC to resolve BCCI-PCB stand-off

In the matter of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)  seeking $ 70 million compensation from the BCCI for not playing bilateral series against it in 2014 and 2015, the process of forming the Disputes Resolution Committee (DRC) has begun.

The BCCI has nominated Ms. Annabel Pennefather (an independent lawyer member among five in the ICC DRC) as its representative.

The ICC Board has extended the services of Michael Beloff (DRC chairman) for a three-year period from June 2018. Sources said either Beloff would choose to be chairman of the three-member panel to deal with PCB’s complaint, or he may nominate another person from the DRC.