The International Cricket Council (ICC) has called on its members to make international bilateral cricket more affordable amid the continuing challenge of falling attendances, as it stated “considerable progress” has been made towards a new Future Tours Programme (FTP).
The FTP is the schedule which seeks to provide a structure to the international cricket calendar and was one of a number of matters up for debate during a week of ICC meetings which concluded in Singapore on Saturday.
Concerns have been raised amid the growing demands by touring teams for expenses when competing in Test, one-day international and Twenty20 series. These expenses are borne by the host association and there is a fear that they lead to increased ticket prices which subsequently have a knock-on effect for match attendance.
Regarding talks on the next FTP agreement, the ICC said in a statement: “Considerable progress was made towards the introduction of a new FTP agreement between members with a clear commitment to early confirmation of tour itineraries and match venues.
“It was also agreed that in light of rising costs of cricket globally, members would make significant efforts to making international bilateral cricket more affordable with a view to long-term sustainability.”