Latest Cricket News: Under the next cycle of the upcoming Future Tours Programme, India and Australia will be playing five Tests in the Test series instead of four. It has been learned that the Border-Gavaskar series will be an expanded bilateral engagement from the 2024 season. The 2023 Border-Gavaskar series where Australia will be touring India, though, will have four Tests only.
“I think it’s a great initiative as it’s the closest contest to an Ashes series for the Australian team,” former Australia captain Steve Waugh told Cricbuzz. Waugh was involved in seven Test series against India, including three as a captain.
Notably, Australia and England play against each other in 5 Tests in the Ashes series. India too has recently played England in five Tests, both home and away. Thus, the same is likely to be implemented in India vs Australia series.
“It is a bonus for Australia, which is due to begin serious negotiations on another broadcast deal,” The Australian recently reported giving a financial dimension to the expansion. “It is believed the four Tests were worth $400m to Cricket Australia in the most recent broadcast deal – which was part of the reason the thought of the visitors going home midway through the 2020-21 season was so alarming. An extra Test match against India every four years will add significantly to broadcast revenues.”
The next cycle of the Future Tours Programme is being given final touches by various boards. It is expected to be approved at the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) annual conference in Birmingham
Notably, this isn’t the first time when India and Australia will play a five-match Test series. Previously, the two teams have locked horns with each other in 1991-92, in which Australia won 4-0. In 1959 and 1969, India hosted Australia for five Tests.
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