No place for Pak in BCCI's FTP for 2020-2023

NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has communicated to the International Cricket Council (ICC) its has not pencilled in Pakistan in any bilateral series, at least until 2023. 

In its Future Tours Programme (FTP) submitted to world cricket's governing body for the years 2020-2023, India will neither host nor play Pakistan at a neutral venue. 

Reason: The strained political relations between the two nations. 

At the ICC’s Annual Conference week in London in June, the BCCI informed the ICC members that it would prefer to play top teams like Australia, England and South Africa multiple times during the 2020-23 cycle, The Tribune reports.

This year alone, India and Pakistan were to host each other for 10 matches, according to the FTP in place for 2015-19. But BCCI decided to invite New Zealand for three ODIs and as many T20Is between October 22 and November 7 as a replacement for the Pakistan series. Not only this, the Australia series at home from September 17 to October 11 this year originally had five ODIs and a lone T20. But to make up for the loss, BCCI made it a five ODIs and three T20Is series, the daily further reports.