Sri Lanka set to benefit financially from new FTP draft

"Our anticipated income for this FTP stands at around US$ 95-100 million"

“Our anticipated income for this FTP stands at around US$ 95-100 million”

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Sri Lanka are set to benefit financially from the new Future Tours Programme (FTP) draft as India, Australia and England will all tour the country.

Sri Lanka will play India, England and Australia twice between 2016 and 2022 and each series will include at least three Tests and three ODIs.

The subcontinent nation is also set to play their maiden four-Test series, which will be against South Africa in 2020.

They will also tour South Africa four times between 2016 and early 2021.

Sri Lanka will also have two home-and-away series against Pakistan and Zimbabwe from this year to 2023.

Australia are also set to host Sri Lanka for a Boxing Day Test in 2022.

The Lankan Lions will also travel to England for a three-Test series in 2016.

In addition to that, India will tour Sri Lanka in 2017, while Sri Lanka will visit India in 2015 and 2018.

Finally, Sri Lanka will head to New Zealand at the end of this year and once again at the end of next year.

According to Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) Nuski Mohamed, the board’s debts with the Bank of Ceylon currently stand at approximately US$6.5 million.

“Sometime next year we plan to completely settle that amount, and we have the ability to do that,” Mohamed said.

Mohamed added that he is hoping the Sri Lankan government will take care of SLC’s stadium debt of 3 billion rupees.

Speaking about the FTP draft, SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga told the Sunday Times: “The present formula of the FTP benefits us. I think the SLC, or to be more precise, Sri Lanka as a whole has gained. During the last Future Tours Programme, Sri Lanka cricket’s income stood at about US$ 45 million. But our anticipated income for this FTP stands at around US$ 95-100 million. This means our cricket will be in a stronger position.”

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