The sport’s hottest property India Premier League, is now expected to become a bilateral-free window during the months of April and May, post 2019.
In a recent ICC meeting at Singapore, discussions of a detailed presentation on FTP took place. Each member board of the parent body put forward an agenda on the 2-day meeting which took place on December 7 and 8. However, the BCCI presented a revised schedule.
According to the revised FTP put forth by the Indian board, an effort has been made to restructure India’s home season. The Indian team will not play away from home for fourh months, October, November, February and March, in the next FTP cycle from 2019 to 2023.
Cricbuzz reported that their sources told them, “The revised FTP suggests one simple formula. India will not play meaningless cricket anymore. Each member board is committed to six bilateral arrangements in two years. But the ICC cannot dictate the context in the content.”
The Indian board has put in an effort to ensure that all member boards of the ICC keep their respective cricketers free of all bilateral commitments during the IPL window. Only the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is yet to confirm, which India believes will come through soon.