Friday, January 27, 2023

ICC: New Zealand’s FTP announced

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New Zealand commence the next cycle of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s Future Tours Programme (2023-27) with a limited overs tour of England in September next year while their campaign in the third edition of the ICC World Test Championship kicks off in Bangladesh a month later.

The announcement of the FTPs, a result of the collective effort of Full Members with ICC’s support, ensures certainty of cricket fixtures with the confirmation of all bilateral series across the three formats. The exact dates of the series are for the Members to announce in due course.

New Zealand’s other away series in the 2023-25 WTC are in Sri Lanka and India in September- October 2024 while their home series are against Australia, England and South Africa. The champions of the inaugural WTC, play India, Sri Lanka and the West Indies at home in the 2025-27 WTC while touring Australia, England and Pakistan.

New Zealand’s other Test commitments include away fixtures against Afghanistan, Ireland and Zimbabwe during the 2023-27 cycle and four five-match T20I series – two against India and one each against England and the West Indies.

WTC Series: New Zealand play Australia, England and South Africa at home in the 2023-27 WTC and Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka at home. In the 2025-27 WTC, they play India, Sri Lanka and the West Indies at home, while they play Australia, England and Pakistan in away tours.

The announcement of the Men’s FTP comes a day after the first ever Women’s FTP was announced.

ICC GM of Cricket Wasim Khan said: “I’d like to thank our Members for the effort that has gone into creating this FTP for the next four years. We are incredibly lucky to have three vibrant formats of the game, with an outstanding programme of ICC global events and strong bilateral and domestic cricket and this FTP is designed to allow all cricket to flourish.

“The landscape around the game is continuing to evolve and we will work closely with Members as we collectively adapt to that. We are committed to growing the game and giving more fans more opportunities to enjoy cricket, but are very mindful of the need to balance that ambition with the welfare of players.”

NZL CEO David White said: “Since its inception in 2001 the FTP has provided certainty of content and commercial sustainability for all our full members – and this latest instalment continues to do that,” he said.

“It brings a sense of structure to our bilateral cricket, context to the Test game in the form of the WTC, and more stability for everyone involved.

“I’m confident the first ever FTP for women’s cricket will bring the same benefits, providing a basis for realising the huge potential for growth in the women’s game.”

  • A media release on the complete men’s FTP, an earlier media release on the women’s FTP, graphics and schedules are available in the Online Media Zone

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