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Bangladesh to play 35 Tests from 2019-23 pending ICC approval

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by December 16, 2017 General

Bangladesh are set to play 35 Test matches between the years 2019 and 2023, if the new ICC FTP (Future Tours Programme) gets approved. The approval of the FTP will see the Tigers play the most cricket in the white outfit after India, England and Australia.

As per the current FTP, Bangladesh are set to play 33 matches and approval of the new FTP will add two more Tests to the tally for the Tigers. India during the same period will play 37 Tests, England 46 and Australia 40. The West Indies will play 29 matches, New Zealand 28, South Africa 32, Sri Lanka 29, Pakistan 28 and Zimbabwe 17. Two newest members in Tests, Ireland and Afghanistan will play 16 and 13 matches respectively.

According to the latest FTP, Bangladesh will tour India for Tests and ODIs in 2019-20. The Tigers took almost 17 years to play their first Test on Indian soil, played in February this year.

The ICC Full Members have been chalking out the new international schedule for the last few years and finally got the shape in the ICC meeting held in Singapore last week. The BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury and cricket operations committee manager Sabbir Khan were present in the ICC meeting.

The FTP will now be forwarded to the ICC CEO meeting, to be held in February next year. Once approved in the CEO meeting, the newly developed schedule will be sent to the ICC board meeting for final approval, in June. It is understood that the schedule is unlikely to have any drastic change.

The new FTP has been drafted involving the nine teams in the Test championship and 12 teams in the ODI league. The Tigers as per the new FTP are likely to play 45 ODIs. The West Indies will get to play the most ODIs – 62 – followed by India with 61. Australia and Sri Lanka will play 48 ODIs each. New Zealand and South Africa will 45 ODIs each. England will get to play 43 ODIs, Ireland 42, Afghanistan 41, Zimbabwe 40 and Pakistan 38.

As far as T20Is are concerned, Bangladesh will get to play 42 matches during the 2019-2023 period. India will get to play the most T20Is – 61 – followed by the West Indies with 56. New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa and Sri Lanka will get 49, 44, 42 and 42 T20Is respectively. Australia and Pakistan will play 38 matches while Afghanistan and Zimbabwe will play 34 and 31 matches respectively.

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