No bilateral cricket series against Pak 2023-27 FTP

India will not play Pakistan in any bilateral series in the 2023-2027 cycle. In the Future Tours Program (FTP), which is sent to all national associations, the Board has left the columns for games against Pakistan “blank”.

In addition to multi-nation tournaments, the Indian men’s team will compete in 38 Tests (20 home and 18 away), 42 ODIs (21 home and 21 each) and 61 T20Is (31 home and 30 away) in the 2023-2027 cycle.

The BCCI cannot make a decision on a bilateral series with Pakistan until it receives a nod from the Indian government.

The number of bilateral games India will play across formats has increased from the previous cycle (163 to 141) due to an annual ICC event and a larger Indian Premier League special window (75-80 days per season), but BCCI, Reduced Secretary Jay Shah stated in a circular that the quality of the content had improved.

Players from India and Pakistan shake hands after their Asia Cup Super 12 game. (AP)

“However, the number of home friendly matches has increased, together with an optimal mix of high-class opponents in all three international formats. A regular IPL season along with a solid home season also allows for ideal preparation against top-flight opponents in the right format for ICC events.”

India will play Australia and England more frequently, with a Test or white-ball series scheduled each year (either home or away).

“India will play a 5-match Test series against England and Australia on a home and away basis every two years, i.e. a home series every four years. In addition, there will also be self-contained tours (home and away trips) by 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, which includes an annual series (either red ball or white ball) each year in this cycle.

As T20 games against West Indies and New Zealand generate more fan interest, India will play 5 T20Is at home against these teams.

According to the circular, BCCI kept three things in mind when finalizing the FTP.

“Content, including balance in international format; quality of opponents in all formats, both home and away; Regular home season and fixed annual IPL windows.”

taxation issues

Meanwhile, the BCCI hopes to settle the issue of tax exemption for next year’s Cricket World Cup with the Indian government soon. The Board is required to submit a tax exemption or tax solution to the ICC for this event.

Under ICC rules, the host country must obtain a tax exemption from its government, but India has no rule for granting a full exemption.

BCCI has informed the ICC that, consistent with the 2016 ICC World T20 tax ruling, it expects to receive a 10 per cent tax ruling (excluding surcharges) within the required timeframe as an interim measure for the 2023 event.

“The ICC has now received a 20% tax ruling (excluding surcharges) from the tax authorities in India on its broadcast revenue for the 2023 event. BCCI is currently working with the Ministry of Finance of the Government of India and has opposed this 20% tax ruling (excluding surcharges) at the highest level and hopes that a 10% tax ruling (excluding surcharges) will be issued shortly,” informed the BCCI its members.

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