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India to play 81 matches at home from 2019

India to play 81 matches at home from 2019

With telecast rights for global matches of Team India up for sale next year, the governing body will be making a huge sum of money (reportedly close to Rs 10,000 crore) if the SGM approves the new FTP, which is packed with T20Is.

Starting from January, Virat Kohli's men will tour South Africa, then play the Independence Cup in Sri Lanka, then the IPL will take place, then England and down under in Australia. But there are no home matches to broadcast for at least 12 months from now. Apart from the FTP, the Indian cricket board will also discuss the specifications of their new financial model and discuss the now-defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala's compensation package.

BCCI's SGM will be held in New Delhi on Monday. BCCI is WADA compliant because the ICC code is WADA compliant. India's FTP (Future Tour Plans) will also be discussed in the SGM. It was also decided that India will play Afghanistan in a Test in India in the next two years. India will get to play the home series before the event of the respective format. India will play 31 more games in the upcoming FTP.

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Considering cricketers' request to reduce the workload, the BCCI insisted, it has reduced the number of playing days per year even though the number of matches have increased.

Talks of bilateral ties are never incomplete without talking about India-Pakistan games, but the official said that the arch-rivalry is not something that can be resumed any time soon as there is more to the commitment between the two teams than just BCCI or PCB.

Also, if the IPL gets a bilateral-free window, the fans will get to see their favourite global cricketers playing the complete IPL season.