After India and Australia, England oppose ICC’s 2023-31 FTP program

After India and Australia, England have also opposed the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s Future Tours Program (FTP) of 2023-31.

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In the proposed FTP that the ICC submitted in its last meeting in Dubai, a cycle for the eight year period between 2023 and 2031 would contain two 50 over World Cups, four T20 World Cup and two more multi-nation tournaments making it eight events in eight years.

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ECB chairman Colin Graves wrote in an email to ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney in which the board stated,

“ECB is not in a position to support the current proposal for ICC events from 2023-2031. The impact of the proposed schedule on ICC events on bilateral cricket is a serious concern for the ECB.

“The proposed schedule risks compromising the time available and thus value and integrity of the bilateral cricket calendar for all member boards. ECB cannot support a schedule where our best players need to play more than they currently do,” the board said.

However ECB further stated, “Players’ welfare is primary concern to the ECB and current proposal requires that international players are likely to have fewer days to prepare and rest.”

Earlier BCCI’s Committee of Administration (CoA) delivered to ICC their decision of not approving the next FTP and also shoot that the ICC had no right to interfere in the internal matter of the Indian cricket board.

Colin Graves pointed out three specific marks behind ECB’s disapproval. These are-

  • ECB’s own bilateral engagements will be compromised;
  • Concern about workload and health of their players;
  • And an extra ICC event in a particular year will take sheen off the ICC World Test Championship final.

“ECB cannot support a proposal that seeks to play an additional ICC Men’s event in a year where the ICC Men’s World Test Championship is scheduled as it risks devaluing World Test Championship and future health of Test cricket,” Graves said.

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