India will be playing a lot more international cricket at home post 2015, once the new FTP model, based on bilateral arrangements, takes effect next year.
It will also mean a serious reduction of overseas tours for Mahendra Singh Dhoni & Co over the next eight years till 2023, when the upcoming FTP cycle elapses.
According to a BCCI official, the Indian team will be playing two home series every year and their annual schedule is unlikely to include more than one foreign visit.
The logic behind the BCCI’s decision to burgeon their home season is straightforward. Playing at home entails more revenue for the Indian board as compared to when their team is abroad —not only from ticket-sales but also from sponsors and TV rights.
Only last year, the BCCI had decided to condense their tour to South Africa in order to accommodate a hastily arranged and concise Test and ODI series at home against the West Indies. Incidentally it also coincided with Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement.
But the Indian board’s main motive behind inviting the men from the Caribbean was to make up for an otherwise vacant home season, with Dhoni & Co playing their entire cricket in foreign lands.
This year the Indians will travel to Bangladesh for the Asia Cup and World T20 followed by a lengthy tour in England before going Down Under for a Test series and tri-nations tournament. That is before the 2015 World Cup comes along in Australia and New Zealand. But post that, Indian cricket fans look set to see a lot more of their beloved cricketers on home soil.