India refuses to host Asia Cup over Pakistan's participation

India to play 81 home-matches in 2019-2023 cycle

Yesterday, BCCI announced Indian team's Future Tours Programme (FTP) from 2019 till 2023 and according to that, the Men in Blue will play a total of 158 global matches (37 Tests, 67 ODIs and 54 T20Is).

The BCCI's FTP has also proposed that it will own the IPL window in April-May for four years (2020-2023) and also the Asia Cup and Tri-Series window in September.

Ireland 's roster is somewhat richer in comparison to Afghanistan's in that they play half of the top-nine countries. Consequently, India are to play 12 of 19 Tests, 18 of 35 ODIs and 12 of 27 T20Is at home against these three nations, which amounts to 42 of 81 matches and 51.85% of all games across formats against this trio.

Those who have planned the BCCI's Future Tours Programme (FTP) for 2019-23 have been smart in giving meticulous attention to the "performance and stature" of the current global teams, thereby appealing to the broadcasters for the four-year home media rights starting April 2018. Even Zimbabwe (40), Afghanistan (41) and Ireland (42) will have more matches than Pakistan in the four-year cycle.

Choudhary said after a BCCI meeting that there would be home games against England, Australia and South Africa but Pakistan is still not included in India's schedule.

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"It is good that they are playing their first Test against India".

Ireland have already confirmed that they will play their first Test against Pakistan in May 2018. In 2022-23, Pakistan will host England and New Zealand for home series, and tour Sri Lanka for the away series to complete the second cycle of Test Championship.

In 2015, BCCI and the Afghanistan Cricket Board signed a memorandum of understanding with the Greater Noida Authority to use their sports complex as the Afghan's cricket team's home ground. The team recently drew an ODI series against West Indies and had defeated Zimbabwe in an ODI series a year earlier. Since then, the two neighbours have only met in ICC events.

ICC Champions Trophy in 2021 will be held from October 27 to November 14, while World Cup 2023 will be played from February 9 to March 26.

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