In the next cycle of the ICC Men’s Future Tour Programme (FTP), Bangladesh will take on all full members of the ICC, the new FTP published by the ICC revealed.
The next FTP will start in 2023 and end in 2027.
The announcement of the FTP, a result of a collective effort of the members with ICC’s support, ensures the certainty of cricket fixtures with the confirmation of all bilateral series across the three formats.
However, the exact dates of the series that Bangladesh would play will be finalised by the involving boards.
Bangladesh will make a tour of Ireland in June 2023, which will be followed by a home series of two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is against Afghanistan in June. They also have a busy calendar in 2024 during which they will host Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe from February to April and then will play Afghanistan, Pakistan and India in away Tests mid-year.
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A home Test series against South Africa and an away full tour of the West Indies (two Tests, three ODIS and three T20Is) are part of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) 2023-25 while the 2025-27 WTC finishes off for them with a challenging home series against England and an away series in Australia.
Bangladesh play New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka at home in the 2023-25 WTC while touring India, Pakistan and the West Indies. In the 2025-27 cycle, they play England, Pakistan and the West Indies at home and have away series scheduled in Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka. All of these series are part of the WTC.
Before the announcement of the men’s FTP, the ICC announced the first-ever women’s FTP was announced.
“I’d like to thank our Members for the effort that has gone into creating this FTP for the next four years. We are incredibly lucky to have three vibrant formats of the game, with an outstanding programme of ICC global events and strong bilateral and domestic cricket and this FTP is designed to allow all cricket to flourish,” ICC GM of Cricket Wasim Khan said in a press release published by the ICC.
“The 2023-2027 FTP is very pleasing for Bangladesh,” BCB Chief Executive Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said. “We have received a healthy share of matches against members across formats. This FTP is also a credit to the efforts of the ICC scheduling team and the member Boards and the cooperation between the stakeholders.”
Bangladesh are currently busy preparing for the Asia Cup 2022 starting on August 27 in the UAE. The BCB has already announced a squad for the Asia Cup with Shakib Al Hasan being the captain.
Source: United News of Bangladesh