Rohit Sharma © Getty Images
Rohit Sharma © Getty Images

BCCI feels the need of setting a ‘balanced’ schedule for bilateral series not only to safeguard players’ interest but also board revenues. Since September 2016-17 home season India has played 60 international matches across formats and IPL season as well.

In the last two months there has been enough criticism about the increase in the workload for players. Current skipper Virat Kohli and former skipper MS Dhoni believe that players need enough breaks between series to perform better and consistently. The balanced schedule will be the prime focus in the ICC members’ workshop. The workshop will be held in Singapore on December 7 and 8 in which details of new Future Tours Programme (FTP) spanning 2019-23 will be finalized.

BCCI has decided to manage the workload and have a balanced schedule, a BCCI official told ESPNcricinfo  

‘We have kept a balance between home and away series every year’

“In the next 18 months, we are going to play mainly away. But in the new FTP, we have kept a balance between home and away series every year. Secondly, there won’t be longer tours with both long and short formats combined,” the official added.

The new FTP will include the Test and ODI Leagues which are to begin in 2019 and 2020. Every player will play six opponents home or away in two years, the league will start right after the 2019 World Cup.

An official said, India will play longer Test series of three to five matches with Australia, England and South Africa and minimum two Test with other opponents. “We have taken advantage of the fact that we have to play six countries in two years at home or away. The word ‘or’ is important because that shows we can balance the series.”