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Cricket Australia: ICC confirms Women’s Future Tours Programme

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has today confirmed the women’s Future Tours Programme (FTP).

Australian women’s full FTP schedule (click to view)

Negotiated by ICC Members and structured around key parameters including world events and mandated opponents, the FTP is an agreement which outlines the footprint of international cricket over a set period.

The new women’s FTP runs from May 2022 to January 2025.

The men’s FTP is expected to be announced tomorrow.

Highlights include:

  • Increased content against India with reciprocal multi-format series over a three-year period
  • A standalone multi-format Ashes series in January 2025 in Australia
  • A Test scheduled as part of a multi-format series in each home summer between 2023-24 and 2025-26
  • A historic first bilateral tour to Bangladesh (three ODIs, three T20Is) in March 2024
  • Clear window for Australian cricketers to play in the Weber WBBL
  • Majority of home content in the primary window of January/February 

Key parameters and ICC mandates

  • An increase in the number of world events to one each year (four in four years)
  • Home ODI opponents – India, South Africa, Pakistan, and West Indies
  • Away ODI opponents – England, New Zealand, Bangladesh, and Ireland

Peter Roach, Cricket Australia’s Head of Cricket Operations and Scheduling, said:

“We are pleased to have locked in a women’s schedule that aligns with many of our key priorities for Australian Cricket.

“Our world champion women’s team have produced epic encounters against both India and England in recent years and to lock in multiple home and away series, including a standalone women’s Ashes in 2025, is a terrific outcome.

“We recognise our responsibilities to the game globally and the positive impact we can have on emerging markets and feel this schedule also supports those goals.

“Importantly, most of our home content will remain in our preferred window of January and February and ensures a clear window for Australian cricketers to participate in the WBBL.

“We have seen the benefits, in both skill development and earning capacity, that come from participation in the WBBL and the Hundred and it was a shared priority to ensure these opportunities continue for players.

Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia CEO, said:

“We are delighted that the women’s FTP has been confirmed, elevating existing rivalries and providing opportunities for tours that will grow the game and present new challenges for our world champion women’s team.

“We are especially pleased to confirm multi-format series, with the opportunity to play Test matches at home across each of the next three summers.”

Nick Hockley,av CEO, Cricket Australia on ICC confirming the Women's Future Tours Programme from May 2022 to January 2025

Photo Credit: LinkedIn Profile Photo of Nick Hockley

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