The new Future Tour Programme (FTP) of the Indian cricket team has been chalked out, and as per the latest FTP, the Men in Blue are slated to play more matches compared to the previous one. But the matches will be spread out more evenly which will keep the players in good shape ahead of any big tournament.
There won’t be much changing in the number of Tests and ODI’s, but as per reports, India will play three times more T20 matches between 2019-2023 compared to the earlier FTP. As per the earlier FTP, India was slated to play 36 Tests, 73 ODI’s and 18 T20I’s with a total of 127 matches, whereas, the new FTP entitles India to play a total of 178 games with 37 Tests, 67 ODI’s and 54 T20I’s.
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However, as per sources, it has been learned that the matches have been spread out evenly and won’t be a cramped one, as compared to the earlier FTP.
It is also learned that India would have played much less as per the earlier FTP but had to accept playing insignificant series like the ongoing one against Sri Lanka. However, the new FTP will ensure that the cricketers won’t be playing outside the programme which is likely to answer the concerns raised by Virat Kohli about the cramped schedule.
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Meanwhile ahead of the crucial BCCI Senior General Meeting in New Delhi where the general body is in the process to discuss on the new FTP. However, the new FTP doesn’t exactly suggest the workload of the players would be diminished.
“You can’t play less and earn more. That is never going to happen. Even if the schedule is more evenly distributed, players’ workload would be more,” a source explained, while further stating that the players should have to opt out from a particular series if they feel they have been overworked.