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The Indian Premier League (IPL) is now going to be not two, but two and a half months from next year. For this, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has also set a window of two and a half months for the IPL in its Future Tour Program (FTP). That is, now the fun of cricket fans is going to increase even more.
The England and Wales Cricket Board(ECB) and Cricket Australia (CA) have struggled in the previous season to feature their star players in their respective white-ball leagues due to the hectic international schedule. Although they won’t have an extended window like IPL, which brings international cricket to a halt, they will have smaller windows between international fixtures at the time.
This information has come out from the report of ESPNcricinfo. According to this, a window of two and a half months has been given for the IPL from the last week of March to the first week of June every year. Let us tell you that the annual meeting of the ICC is going to be held on 25 and 26 July in Birmingham. During that time the FTP will be formally announced.
According to the report, the ICCs 2023-2027 FTP includes two World Test Championships, ICC T20, and ODI World Cup besides series from other countries. During this, the players will get very little rest, because the schedule has been made quite tight.
Let us inform you that the Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Jay Shah had already said that now the IPL will be conducted in a window of two and a half months. He had told me that for the next three years, 10-10 matches will be increased every season.
A plan has been prepared to increase at least 10 matches every two years. In IPL 2023 and 2024, a total of 74 matches will be played between 10 teams instead of 60. In the 2025 and 2026 IPL seasons, 10 matches will increase, then there will be 84 matches between 10 teams, and after that 94 matches will be played in every IPL season from 2027. is likely
The ICC has also given relief to all countries like Pakistan, Australia, England, and Bangladesh in its next future tour program. Actually, when Pakistan Super League (PSL), Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia, Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), Caribbean Premier League (CPL), and The Hundred tournament will be played in England, then any international series of these countries Will not.
In this way, all these countries have got relief to play their domestic league. But in the meantime, international cricket will not stop, because during this time the rest of the teams will continue to play their series. Pakistan may have trouble only in the 2024-25 season because then it will have to play the PSL as well as the home Test series against England. After this, he will also have to play a tri-series against New Zealand and South Africa in his own home.
Heres good news for Pakistan. It has got to host an ICC tournament after 26 years. According to reports, there is a Champions Trophy scheduled in February-March 2025 on Pakistani soil. Earlier in 1996, the World Cup (jointly) was held in Pakistan.