In the upcoming five years, the Indian cricket team is going to face a hectic schedule ahead of them over the next five years. Virat Kohli and his men are scheduled to play 102 international matches in that time period as per reports in the Mumbai Mirror. However, they will be hosting 22 Test matches at home until 2023. In the 2018-19 season, Indian team is scheduled to play 18 matches while the number decreases to 14 in the 2020-21 season.
However, they will play 26, 21 and 23 matches respectively in 2019-20, 2021-22 and 2022-23 respectively. The Tests will be played against the likes of Australia (2018 and 2022), England (2020), and South Africa (2019 and 2021). While the series against the Proteas is a four-match affair while the series against England will consist of five games.
India will also host five ODIs and a couple of T20Is against Australia this year. Meanwhile, there are won’t be any triangular series in the country scheduled in the Future Tours Programme (FTP). Talking about the same, a BCCI official said, “In case a window is available, we cannot plan a tri-series because all the teams’ FTP is equally packed. So the chances are remote.”
The BCI official also brought out the broadcaster’s issue of fees surrounding the India and non-India games. Also, India won’t host either of Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the next five years. As per the ICC, every Test playing nation has to play a minimum of six series, home and away in a period of four years, which would eventually decide the finalists of the ICC Test Championship.
In 2018, India already had a couple of International assignments in South Africa and Sri Lanka respectively. While in the Rainbow nation, they played an ODI and T20I series, the participated in the triangular T20I series featuring Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as well.