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India have signed a bilateral agreement that will see them play 20 Tests against England, 16 against Australia and 12 against South Africa from 2015 to 2023.
However, with so many series to play in the next eight years, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to stop full tours against Australia since the baggy greens don’t want to tour a country, except for England, for more than six weeks.
“We would have obviously liked long tours both home and away with key countries,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said. “However, Australia are unwilling to tour for more than six weeks anywhere except England, so we have also decided to split the Test and ODI tours to Australia.”
India are also set to play a lot of more their series at home, which will be good news for the national team since they excel on home soil.
“Over the last few years, the participation of main players in domestic tournaments has been on a decline,” Patel added. “So the decision to play more series at home would help them play domestic cricket.”
India are set to make approximately $670 million over the next eight years, which will used to help BCCI affiliates and domestic players as well.
“With the additional revenue, all the BCCI members would take home much more cricket development fund, which would help creating top-class infrastructure in mofussil places (smaller centres),” Patel said. “Besides, there will be a substantial rise in match-fees of all the domestic players.”