ICC reveal maiden women`s FTP, Bangladesh have 24 matches
Published: 05:35 PM, 16 August 2022 Updated: 06:03 PM, 16 August 2022
ICC reveal maiden women`s FTP, Bangladesh have 24 matches- File Photo
The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Tuesday, announced the first-ever women's Future Tours Programme (FTP), for the period May 2022 to April 2025, leading up to the 50-over World Cup. In total, as many as 301 international women's games will be played during the aforementioned period, which includes seven Tests, 135 ODIs, and 159 T20Is. Bangladesh will have 24 international matches during the new three-year cycle, compared to 11 in the previous cycle.
"This is a huge moment for the women's game," ICC General Manager of Cricket, Wasim Khan, said. "This FTP not only lends certainty to future cricket tours but also sets the base for a structure that is sure to grow in the coming years," he added.
In that period, the 10 teams - Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies - will end up playing eight bilateral ODI series each as part of the 2022-25 ICC Women's Championships, in order to determine qualification for the next 50-over Women's World Cup to be held in India. Incidentally, India and Pakistan, both part of the Championship, won't play against each other.
Bangladesh, who had played Australia, England and New Zealand for the first time ever at the 2022 World Cup in New Zealand, will play each of these teams in a bilateral series comprising three matches apiece. Ireland will also have an increase in games because of their inclusion in the women's FTP.
T20I rubbers will also be played along with many of the ODI rubbers. All bilateral T20I series will be part of team rankings, and that will serve as the primary structure to decide the teams that will progress to the ICC events. Another salient feature of the FTP is the multi-format Ashes series between England and Australia to be played in Australia at the start of 2025 will be a standalone series. The men's Ashes will be held later that year.
England will play five Tests in the period, Australia will play four, South Africa is scheduled to partake in three and India two. India are scheduled to play one Test each versus England and Australia at home in 2023-24. The last time England played a Test against India in India was in November 2005. On the other hand, the last time Australia played a Test in India was in 1984.