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Bangladesh face India in Test Championship opener

  • Published at 01:39 am June 21st, 2018
Bangladesh Test team Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Bangladesh will take on India in their opening series of the World Test Championship in November, 2019.

On the other hand, the Tigers will face Ireland in Ireland in May, 2020, in their first series of the 13-team ODI League that will serve as a qualification pathway for the 2023 World Cup.

The ICC, on behalf of its Members, Wednesday released the men’s Future Tours Programme from 2018-2023. The FTP provided clarity and certainty around all bilateral international fixtures and incorporated all three formats of the game.

The ICC claimed that the FTP is a significant collective effort from the Members, with the support of the ICC, and that it focuses on bringing more context to bilateral cricket. 

Nine top-ranked sides will participate in the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship, which will run from July 15, 2019, to April 30, 2021. The sides will play three series’ in the two-year cycle on a home and away basis, against opponents they have mutually selected. The two top-ranked sides will then progress to the June 2021 final to decide the world Test champion.

In addition, the 12 Test-playing nations and the Netherlands will participate in the 13-team ODI League, which will run from May 1, 2020, to March 31, 2022, and all the sides will play eight series’ over a two-year cycle on a home and away basis, against mutually agreed opponents.

India, as the host, plus the seven highest-ranked sides in the ODI league as on March 31, 2022, will qualify directly for the 2023 World Cup, while the bottom five sides will fight for the remaining two places in the World Cup Qualifiers.

As part of the agreed international cricket structure, the ICC Board has already approved an additional World T20I in place of the Champions Trophy, as well as giving T20I Status to all 104 Members.

“This is a defining moment for the sport. There has been some tremendous effort put in behind the scenes by the Members and the ICC in finalising this FTP. It is never easy to find the desired balance in scheduling international cricket but despite the challenges, the new FTP provides exciting incentives for all Full and Associate Members of the ICC,” said BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury in a media release.

“The objective is to guarantee fulfillment of FTP commitments by Members, ensure fairness in match distribution, give context to playing different versions of the game and strengthen the financial model for the future. We are hopeful that Members will honour this programme and embrace the opportunity the new FTP offers,” the BCB high-up added.

As per the new FTP, Bangladesh between years 2019 to 2023 will play at least 47 Test matches, 68 ODIs and 59 T20Is.

ICC CEO David Richardson congratulated the Members for their efforts in preparing the men’s FTP.

“The agreement of this FTP means we have clarity, certainty and most importantly, context, around bilateral cricket over the next five years. The World Test Championship will get underway next year with the ODI league kicking off in 2020 as part of the qualification towards the 2023 World Cup,” said Richardson.

“Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but with the release of this FTP, our Members have found a genuine solution that gives fans around the world the chance to engage regularly with international cricket that has meaning, and the possibility of a global title at the end,” the former cricketer added in the ICC media release.

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