India have hosted World Cup thrice, in 1987, 1996, and 2011    Getty Images
India have hosted World Cup thrice, in 1987, 1996, and 2011 Getty Images

India are about to host two ICC flagship events: 2021 Champions Trophy and 2023 World Cup. The decision was taken during BCCI’s Special General Meeting (SGM) on December 11. India have co-hosted the World Cup thrice, in 1987 (with Pakistan), 1996 (with Pakistan and Sri Lanka), and 2011 (with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh). India, however, had received the hosting rights in June 2013 for the 2016 World T20, 2021 Champions Trophy, and 2023 World Cup.

The tournament will have the same structure dished out for the 2019 World Cup. It will feature 10 teams with two sides qualifying from the 2022 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers.

BCCI had earlier revealed in their Future Tour Programme (FTP) that India will play 158 (85 at home and 73 away) international matches between 2019 and 2023. These will include 37 Tests, 67 ODIs and 54 T20Is. The home breakup of the schedule comprises 19 Tests, 38 ODIs and 28 T20Is.

Virat Kohli had complained about the gruelling schedule, thus opting out of the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka. In completely unrelated news, he also got married to Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma earlier today.

A source clarified to Cricbuzz, shedding more light on the workload: “You can t play less and earn more. That is never going to happen. Even if the schedule is more evenly distributed, players workload would be more.”