Cricket-India and Australia will face each other in two series of five Tests over the next four years

India and Australia will face each other twice in a five-Test series over the next four-year schedule, which will feature more international fixtures across the game’s three formats.

The Border-Gavaskar series between India and Australia will feature one more Test and will be played over five matches, according to the Future Tours Program (FTP) for 2023-27 released by the International Cricket Council on Wednesday. Rohit Sharma’s men are set to tour Down Under in late 2024 while Australia will play their away series in India in early 2027, the FTP reported.

“The increase to a series of five reciprocal Border-Gavaskar Tests is an important step and will greatly enhance the enduring rivalry and respect that exists between the Australian and Indian men’s teams,” said Peter Roach, Head of Operations and Programming. cricket at Cricket Australia. India, who finished runners-up to New Zealand in the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC), will also host England for a five-Test series at the start of 2024 before traveling to Ben Stokes’ side l following year for five tests.

Pakistan, which has seen international cricket return home in recent years after a long absence for security reasons, will host England, South Africa and New Zealand in Tests, among others. Apart from bilateral cricket, the next four-year cycle will see one edition each of the 50+ Cricket World Cup (2023) and the Champions Trophy (2025), two editions each of the Twenty20 World Cup (2024 , 2026) and the WTC Finals. (2025).

The proliferation of lucrative domestic T20 leagues has tightened cricket’s already busy schedule, but despite this the 12 full members will play a total of 777 international matches compared to 694 in the current cycle. The ICC discussed the growth of T20 leagues and the structuring of the game’s three formats at its annual general meeting in Birmingham last month.

“The landscape around the game continues to evolve and we will work closely with members as we collectively adapt to this,” ICC cricket chief executive Wasim Khan said in a statement on Wednesday. “We are committed to developing the game and giving more fans more opportunities to enjoy cricket, but we are very conscious of the need to balance this ambition with the welfare of the players.”

England all-rounder Stokes quit the 50-overs format last month citing an ‘unsustainable’ workload, South African Quinton de Kock dropped out of Test cricket last year while fast bowler Trent Boult gave up to his New Zealand contract to have a reduced role with the Black Caps. As promised by India’s powerful cricket board, the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) has an extended 10-week window from mid-March to the end of May, during which very little international cricket has been scheduled in the next calendar.

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