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India to play highest number of ODIs under new FTP

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, May 10 (UNI) BCCI may not like its cricketers to talk about too much of cricket and the resultant players' burnout, but India will be playing the highest number of one dayers till 2012, according to the new ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP).

According to the new FTP, India will play 74 Test matches and 173-208 one dayers from 2006-7 to 2011-12.

Of this, India plays seven Test matches and 24-32 ODIs in 2006-7, followed by 15 Tests and 35-43 ODIs, 18 Test and 28 ODIs, eight Tests and 24-29 ODIs, 12 Tests and 32-39 ODIs and 14 Tests and 30-37 ODIs in the sebsequent years till 2011-12.

As expected, India will be playing the highest number of ODIs, which can cross the 200-mark and the number excludes Twenty20 matches and the Afro-Asia series, while England plays the highest number of Tests.

Till 2011-12, England will play 75-76 Tests and 139-157 ODIs, Australia 73 Tests and 151-178 ODIs, New Zealand 50 Tests and 125-144 ODIs, Pakistan 53-54 Tests and 117-143 ODIs, South Africa 63 Tests and 112-127 ODIs, Sri Lanka 51 Tests and 136-171 ODIs, the West Indies 67 Tests and 123-141 ODIs, Zimbabwe 39 Tests and 97-111 ODIs and Bangladesh 41 Tests and 105-132 ODIs.

ICC Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Speed drafting of the new FTP was an ''incredibly complex process'' involving two years of analysis and 10 drafts.

''But now that process has been completed and approved by our Members it provides them with certainty of scheduling right through until 2012,'' he was quoted as saying in an ICC release.

The new FTP retains reciprocal tours for Full Members but expands the touring cycle from five years, under the previous FTP, to six.

Spreading the calendar over six years allows the members to tailor the schedule to suit their own, specific, needs while preserving time in the calendar to accommodate icon series such as the Ashes and India-Pakistan on a four-year cycle, the release added.

The FTP was put together on the basis of guidelines supported by the ICC Cricket Committee, players at the captains' meeting and by player representatives, including FICA.

Those guidelines suggest the volume of cricket for each team should not exceed 15 Test matches and 30 ODIs in a 12-month period.

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