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The ICC Future Tours Programme (or FTP for short) is a schedule of international cricket tours which structure the programme of cricket for International Cricket Council full members,[1] with an objective of each team playing each other at least once at home and once away over a period of 10 years. If the cricket boards of two individual countries reach an agreement, they can play more than two series. If a team does not want to travel to a particular country for a bilateral series due to security reasons, then, by the mutual agreement of the respective boards, that series can be shifted to a neutral venue such as United Arab Emirates or any other country where the facilities are deemed good. Recently, the Pakistan Cricket Team has played many of their home bilateral series on UAE soil due to the attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009.[2]

ICC Future Tours Programme (2018-2023)Edit

On 20 June 2018, the ICC announced new FTP starting from 2018 and ending in 2023. This FTP features the inaugural ICC World Test Championships in 2019–21 and 2021–23, consisting of the top 9 Test teams, and ODI Championship consisting of 13 teams.[3][4]

As per the new FTP, the 2021 Champions Trophy is to be replaced by a World T20 scheduled to be held in India, hence making the 2017 edition held in England to be the last one and making way for two back to back World T20s. Moreover, ICC has also granted Twenty20 International Status to all the 105 Members.[5]


  1. ^ "England-India is the other Ashes".
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  3. ^ "Future Tours". ICC.
  4. ^ "ICC releases new FTP for 2019-23".
  5. ^ "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". Retrieved 2018-07-10.

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