In the new Future Tours Programme (FTP), Bangladesh will play 35 Tests in 2019-2023 period which is the most after Big Three nations. The Tigers will play 122 international matches in the new FTP. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ বাংলাদেশের ৩৫টি টেস্ট, ৪৫টি ওয়ানডে ও ৪২টি টি-টোয়েন্টি]
England will play the most number of Test matches in this period, 46. Australia will play 40 and India will play 37 Tests. South Africa will play 32 Tests. Only five teams will be playing more than 30 Tests.
Bangladesh toured India for the first time this year for a Test match. They will be touring again in 2019-20 for Tests and ODIs. India will come in Bangladesh in 2022-23.
Bangladesh will play 45 ODIs and 42 T20Is according to the new FTP. West Indies (62) and India (61) will play the most number of ODIs. In the same cycle, Australia and Sri Lanka will play 48 ODIs each, South Africa and New Zealand will play Bangladesh’s equal 45, England 43, Ireland 42, Afghanistan 41, Zimbabwe 40 and Pakistan will play the least 38 ODIs.
India (61) and West Indies (56) will also play the most matches in T20Is. New Zealand will play 49 ODIs, Ireland 44, South Africa and Sri Lanka 42 each, England 41, Australia and Pakistan 38, Afghanistan 34 and Zimbabwe 31.
There won’t be any England vs Bangladesh Tests in the new FTP. There won’t be India vs Bangladesh clash in the new ODI league as well.
The new FTP will see the reduction of Tests and ODIs. 175 Tests will be played in 2019-2023 compared to 238 in current cycle. Bilateral ODIs have been taken down to 291 from 414. Whereas, the number of T20Is has been increased (160 to 262). These numbers don’t include World Cup, Champions Trophy or World T20 matches.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com