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As Per FTP, India To Play Top Teams With Test Championship In Mind

Baidurjo Bhose |Cricketnext | Updated: December 11, 2017, 6:18 PM IST
As Per FTP, India To Play Top Teams With Test Championship In Mind

Virat Kohli and Steve Smith. (Image credit: BCCI)

New Delhi: India skipper Virat Kohli had urged the BCCI to reduce the match days when he met CoA chief Vinod Rai along with MS Dhoni and Ravi Shastri. Discussing the matter at the Special General Meeting of the BCCI, the members have in principal agreed to decrease the match days even though the number of matches the Indian team will play in the next cycle (2019-2023) will increase from 51 in the (2015-2019) to 81.

Interestingly, the BCCI has also proposed that Kohli and boys will play half of their games against the bigwigs — Australia, England and South Africa. So, while the matches have increased — a relief for the broadcasters — the lesser number of days on the ground means Kohli and boys will have more time to recuperate as also prepare ahead of big series like the one coming up against the Proteas in the new year.

Speaking after the meeting, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said: “With ICC introducing Test championship and ODI league, it means the partnerships have become more co-herent. We will have far larger number of matches in home season (increase of about 20% which is substantial). Half of our games will be against Australia, England and South Africa. Also there will be an increase from 51 games to 81 games over the next 4 years.”

This means that the BCCI already has the Test championship and the points cycle in mind.

“We want to play the A-tier teams more because that will also mean that we get more points. It is not that we will not play the B-tier teams like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, but playing more Tests against the bigwigs will mean getting more points and rising up the ladder. Also, it makes more sense to play Test matches against them and T20Is and ODIs against the B-tier teams as that is also a move aimed at making the games more competitive,” a senior official told CricketNext.

Asked if the move was also aimed at appeasing broadcasters, the official refused to comment.

Talks of bilateral ties are never incomplete without talking about India-Pakistan games, but the official said that the arch-rivalry is not something that can be resumed any time soon as there is more to the commitment between the two teams than just BCCI or PCB.

“There is more to talks of India-Pakistan cricketing ties than just the two boards. A lot of things need to be worked out before we can move forward and engage in the ties,” the official said.
First Published: December 11, 2017, 4:24 PM IST

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