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Update BCCI, ICC close to agreeing on number of events for next FTP cycle

After a difference of opinion on the particulars of the next Future Tours Programme (FTP) from 2023-2031, it looks like the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are finally on the same page. Cricbuzz learns there's a fair understanding within the BCCI that the ICC have agreed to its stand and decided to organize only six world tournaments in the next cycle, and do away with the process of bidding to stage those global events.

Theoretically, eight events in the next cycle were approved, in principle, by the ICC executive board in October 2019 but there would be little clarity around it even within the member boards, with the FTP calendar neither finalized nor approved.

The BCCI's insistence on six world events in the next cycle is a stand that is understood to have been endorsed by New Zealand Cricket (NZC), too, apart from Cricket Australia (CA) and England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Other boards were in favour of eight world events in the next cycle as the spoils from these ICC events are important components of their income. It is not so much for CA, ECB and BCCI.

With regards to the process of inviting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for ICC tournaments, PCB chairman Ehsan Mani recently denied any knowledge of BCCI's reservations around the issue but Cricbuzz can confirm that the issue was indeed raised by the BCCI. In addition to that, it's also learnt that the BCCI, CA and ECB never formally responded to ICC's mail seeking EOIs.

Even though the ICC haven't spoken much on this ongoing issue, Cricbuzz understands that the bidding process wasn't intended to rule anyone out but instead tried to complement traditional markets like India, England and Australia with new markets like America and Africa. In fact, it's also learnt that there was a proposed "wishlist" for prospective bidders and potential hosts, and the idea behind inviting EOIs wasn't to earn money but ensure that the hosts can contribute to the legacy, development and growth of the game.

But as of now, it's unlikely that the process of bidding will see the light of day anytime soon.


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