New Delhi: India and Pakistan won’t be facing each other in any bilateral series till 2027. In the Future Tours Programme (FTP) for the 2023-2027 cycle sent to all state associations, the board has not mentioned any bilateral games with Pakistan as they have kept those rows blank.
India and Pakistan share tense political relations and for that reason, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) can’t take any decision on bilateral series with Pakistan until it gets a nod from the Government of India.
No bilateral games between India and Pakistan
As per reports, there are no bilateral matches with Pakistan till 2027 but India will play a significant number of bilateral matches across formats, though it has been reduced from the previous cycle (163 to 141). This has been done due to an ICC event every year and a bigger dedicated window for the IPL (75-80 days every season). However, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said that in this cycle the quality of content has been improved.
Shah in a circular said, “However, the number of home Test matches has gone up along with an optimum mix of quality opponents across all three international formats. A regular IPL season along with a fixed home season also allows for ideal preparation against quality opponents in the right format going into ICC events.”
More games against Australia and England
It’s to be noted from the FTP that India will be playing more frequently against Australia and England, with a Test or white-ball series scheduled every year (either home or away).
“India will be playing five-match Test series against both England and Australia on a home-and-away basis every two years i.e. one home series every four years. In addition, there will also be standalone tours (home and away) of 3 ODIs and 5 T20Is. Thus, India will play 5 Tests, 3 ODIs, and 5 T20Is in the cycle (Home and Away) against Australia as well as England comprising one annual series (either red ball or white ball) every year in this cycle.”
Over the years, it has been observed that India’s T20 matches against West Indies and New Zealand gather great fan interest and for that reason, India will be playing five T20Is at home against these teams.
According to the circular, BCCI has shared three key pointers that have been the base for finalizing the FTP.
“Content, including balance across international format; Quality of opponents across formats, both home and away; Regular Home Season and Fixed annual IPL windows.”
2023 World Cup scheduled to be played in India
The 2023 World Cup is scheduled to be in India and on the same, the BCCI is in talks with the Indian government, hopeful of sorting out the tax exemption issue.
As per ICC rules, the host country must get a tax exemption from its government, but India has no rule in place for granting the full exemption. And therefore, the Board would need to deliver a tax exemption or a tax solution to the ICC for this event.
BCCI has conveyed the tax issue to the Government and are currently in talks with the Ministry of Finance. The board said that they are hopeful of getting a 10% tax order shortly.
The BCCI informed its members, “The ICC has now received a 20% (excluding surcharges) tax order for its broadcast revenue for the 2023 event from the tax authorities in India. The BCCI is currently working with the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and have represented against this 20% (excluding surcharges) tax order at the very highest level and are hopeful that a 10% (excluding surcharges) tax order would be forthcoming shortly.”