India to host Pakistan for Tests as per draft FTP

New Delhi: India are scheduled to host Pakistan for a Test series in 2013, the first time after 2007, according to ICC`s draft Future Tours Programme which would be finalised in the world body`s annual conference in Hong Kong starting on Sunday.

Beyond the 2013 tour, particulars of other series between the two countries were vague with neither the host nation nor the number of games were specified in the FTP which would run from 2012 to 2020.

India also play fewer Test matches than England and Australia in the eight-year period though the world champions would be the busiest team in ODIs, according to a website.

These are, however, draft proposals and the final numbers could be different.

The draft has a clear division among the Test playing countries with England, Australia and India scheduled to play the most Tests, followed by Sri Lanka and South Africa.

England will play 99 matches over the next eight years, Australia 92 and India 90. Sri Lanka and South Africa will play 76 and 74 Tests respectively. They are followed by the West Indies and New Zealand with 66 Tests each and Pakistan with 65 followed by Bangladesh (42) and Zimbabwe (41).

The ODIs are more evenly distributed. India will play the most with 166 matches, 89 of which are away games. Zimbabwe have the fewest at 64, of which 37 are at home. All other countries play between 100 and 160 games.

In the Twenty20 format, most teams are scheduled to play between 30 to 55 matches.

The working draft of the FTP contains an official two-week window in September for the Champions League Twenty20 each year and also leaves space for an unofficial IPL window in April and May, making it possible for players from most nations to participate in it.


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