CA joins BCCI in raising concern over ICC's proposed FTP
New Delhi, Oct 27 - After the BCCI, Cricket Australia has also raised their concerns over ICC's proposed one flagship tournament every year during the next eight-year Future Tours Programme (FTP) cycle (2023-2031) owing to the fact that they are not willing to compromise on conducting bilateral Test series.
"The ICC schedule of tournaments is certainly something that is absolutely up for discussion at the moment and will continue in the months ahead," Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts was recently quoted as saying to SEN Radio.
"There's a sense that fans really value World Cups and international events in general, and in this last cycle on the men's side, I think we've had six world events in the eight years, whereas the previous cycle, we had one event per year with the Champions Trophy as part of that."
The next eight year cycle will see four T20 World Cups being played, along with two fifty over World Cups. With another Champions Trophy like tournament included in between, Roberts feels it might have an impact on the ICC Test Championship.
"We need a healthy balance of World Cups along with international cricket that occurs between World Cups and the space for great domestic leagues like the BBL and the IPL to thrive into the future," Roberts said.
Earlier in the month, it was announced that a working group of the member nations had agreed to chief executive Manu Sawhney's idea of selling eight ICC men's events in eight years (2023-2031) as part of the next broadcast rights package.
The Working Group which will be chaired by Eddings from Cricket Australia, comprises of Greg Barclay (New Zealand Cricket), Tony Brian (Cricket Scotland), Ehsan Mani (Pakistan Cricket Board), Chris Nenzani (Cricket South Africa) and Ricky Skerritt (Cricket West Indies).
"What we're really keen to work on with the ICC and what we will be working on with the ICC and other ICC members is what parts of the annual calendar might the ICC events occupy in future, how many days of the calendar does that represent and how do we ensure the bilateral international cricket between ourselves and other nations is really embraced and respected in the process."
Roberts also said he wants ICC to put a cap on the days for its events as it will then not collide with the window of popular private T20 leagues like IPL and BBL.
He said: "How many days of the calendar does that represent and how do we ensure the bilateral international cricket between ourselves and other nations is really embraced and respected in the process, so we've got a healthy balance of World Cups along with international cricket that occurs between World Cups and the space for great domestic leagues like the BBL and the IPL to thrive into the future."
Earlier, BCCI had also raised an objection to the formation of a working group -- led by Cricket Australia's Earl Eddings -- minus any representation from India.
Speaking to IANS, one of the new office bearers had said that these things need to be taken note of and any efforts by the international body to push BCCI against the wall must be acted upon with immediate effect.