First time in history, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to exclude India from their next Future Tours Program (FTP). Moreover, the country will also be not given any media rights.
According to sources, PCB was making plans for their upcoming FTP cycle of 2023-27 and the board did not add India for series this time.
Previously, PCB had always in the FTP cycle leave the series window empty despite there was no series held between India and Pakistan.
After the rigidness and non-cooperation from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Indian government, PCB has now finally taken a decision to eliminate India from FTP.
It should be mentioned here that India and Pakistan did not have any bilateral series since 2007.
However, Pakistan went to India in 2013 to play a short ODI and T20 series but the Indian cricket team has not come to Pakistan since the 2007 Asia Cup.
Furthermore, green shirts and blue shirts will face each other in the ICC Cricket World Cup, T20 World Cup, and Asia Cup.
India will host, in the next three years, a T20 World Cup and then the ODI World Cup. The country has given written assurances to ICC to issue visas to Pakistani players and media for the tournament.
In this regard, PCB chairman Ehsan Mani has said that while it is true there is a lot of financial loss in not playing India but the board is not thinking about that currently.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan will play a series of at least three Tests in the new four-year FTP.