Thursday, October 22, 2009

Australia keen to host India more often

Australia could host India in four out of six years after Cricket Australia reached an in-principle agreement designed to ensure they host the marquee teams more often. The upcoming Australian summer features tours by Pakistan and West Indies, which is likely to mean less interest than when the major drawcards of India, England and South Africa visit.

However, when the new Future Tours Programme kicks in from 2012, Australia are hoping that one of the heavyweights will visit each summer. The idea is to split Test and one-day tours, so that a team like India or South Africa can visit one season for Tests and the following summer for one-dayers.

"The objective has been to spread the quality of touring teams over the period so that we get better value for the fans," Cricket Australia's spokesman Peter Young said in the Age. "If we get it right, we could have India touring here in four out of six years during the next FTP period."

Australia already tour India every year and have just embarked on a seven-match ODI series beginning in Vadodara on Sunday. The past three summers have seen England, India and South Africa visit Australia for Tests and next season the cycle returns to another five-Test Ashes series.

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