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Tigers get 150 matches in next FTP cycle

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  • 18 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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Tigers get 150 matches in next FTP cycle
Bangladesh Team Director Khaled Mahmud (left) talks to T20I skipper Shakib Al Hasan during an individual practice session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Wednesday. –BCB PHOTO

Bangladesh will pass a busy time in the next cycle of the ICC Men’s Future Tours Programme (FTP) for the period 2023-27 where they will play a total of 150 matches across formats.

Apart from that, they will also take part in some of the major ICC tournaments such as ICC World Cup, ICC T20 World Cup as well as Asia Cup and other bilateral and tri-nation series during this time frame.

The details were confirmed by the International Cricket Council on Wednesday where they also announced the full FTP schedule for all 12 Test-playing nations.

Bangladesh will begin their next FTP cycle against Ireland in June, 2023 where they will play three ODIs and four T20Is against the host nation.

The series will be followed with a home series of two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is against Afghanistan in June-July and another home series against New Zealand.

Bangladesh will remain busy in 2024 during which they host Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe from February to April and then play Afghanistan, Pakistan and India in away Tests mid-year.

The Tigers will then host a home Test series against South Africa and an away full tour of the West Indies (two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is) which will be part of the ICC World Test Championship 2023-25 while their 2025-27 WTC campaign will finish with a challenging home series against England (February, 2027) and an away series in Australia (March, 2027).

“The 2023-2027 FTP is very pleasing for Bangladesh. We have received a healthy share of matches against members across formats. This FTP is also a credit to the efforts of the ICC scheduling team and the member Boards and the cooperation between the stakeholders,” BCB Chief Executive Officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury was quoted in the ICC press release.

 “The BCB believes that the FTP should be based on the principle of fair distribution of matches for all teams and from that aspect, we are happy that the new FTP promises us a greater number of days of international cricket compared to the previous cycle,” he said. 

“We have been emphasising the importance of playing more international cricket in order to attain the desired standards and the ICC FTP 2023-2027 gives ample opportunity to our players to compete regularly at a high level which will be most beneficial for individual and collective improvement,” he added.

The ICC General Manager of Cricket Wasim Khan thanked the member countries for their efforts in making the new FTP.

 “I’d like to thank our Members for the effort that has gone into creating this FTP for the next four years. We are incredibly lucky to have three vibrant formats of the game, with an outstanding programme of ICC global events and strong bilateral and domestic cricket and this FTP is designed to allow all cricket to flourish,” said Wasim.