Rivalries with England and Australia are pushing India’s 2023-27 FTP schedule

Tests and limited-overs against Australia and England will take up most of India’s schedule over the next four years.

Extended Test series against England and Australia, with several limited series home and away, fill most of India’s schedule for the new Future Tours Program (FTP) announced by the ICC for men’s international cricket on Wednesday (17 August 2023- 27

India will play a five-game Test series against England and Australia in the post-March 2023 period when they host the Aussies for the last time in the traditional four-game Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

The first of the two five-game Test rubbers scheduled between the two countries during this period will be played in Australia from December to January 2024-25 before India host a return tour against their arch-rivals in February to March 2027

Having abandoned a Test on their previous trip to India in 2021, England are resuming the Pataudi Trophy as a five-game affair on the Indian coast from January to February 2024. When India come to England for their round trip tour from July 2025 they will also play a full blown Test series of five.

Aside from these test orders, India has a number of limited-over deals planned against its ‘Big 3’ rivals over the next four years.

Australia have a three-game ODI series planned alongside their BGT trip early next year. They return to the Indian coast for three ODIs and five T20Is in September-October 2023, welcoming India in a similar window for the same two years later.

England will also take on India for three ODIs and five T20Is in an independent white ball series. India will host her for one in January 2025 and travel for one in July 2026.

Who else will play India at FTP 2023-27?

With series against Australia and England filling their calendar, the space on the Indian calendar for other bilateral agreements has dropped drastically. The team plays 44 Tests, 63 ODIs and 76 T20Is from mid-August 2022 to February 2027, but only 20 of those Tests, aside from 48 ODIs and 56 T20Is, do not compete against their Big 3 competitors.

For geopolitical reasons, no series against Pakistan are planned. India also have no men’s internationals against Ireland and Zimbabwe, with home and away series against Afghanistan, including a one-off Test, being their only encounter with a bottom-three side in 2026.

The increase in Test stakes with England and Australia has led to a diminution of the Test match rivalry between India and South Africa, played for only two series of matches alongside limited overs in South Africa in December 2023 and India in November 2025.

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India has scheduled away test series against Bangladesh and West Indies in December 2022 and July 2023, and against Sri Lanka and New Zealand in August and November 2026. Each of these tackle affairs is part of the World Test Championship (WTC) and will be accompanied by a variety of limited overs matches.

India’s only Test series of more than two games other than those against Australia and England is scheduled against the Kiwis in October 2024.

Detailed FTP can be viewed here.

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