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ICC members show limited interest in 2023-31 FTP events

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 11: ICC CEO Manu Sawhney speaks to media during the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2021 Tournament Launch at Basin Reserve on March 11, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Only three full and associated members of the International Cricket Council have indicated interest in hosting events in the Future Tours Programme during the 2023-31 events cycle.

In February this year, ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney contacted its 12 full and 92 associate members to encourage expressions of interest which would help formulate the request for tender process to hold events during this period.

Pakistan, Malaysia and a grouping made up of the West Indies and the United States are the only three members to have responded with expressions of interest, reports The Times of India. There are also claims the ICC is refusing to share which countries have expressed interest and why the others have not.

It is claimed that England and Australia have refused to participate while India “did not even respond” and New Zealand has told the ICC that there won’t be any interest until it confirms its international calendar for the 2023-31 cycle.

Sawhney recently suggested that the broadcast rights for men’s and women’s competitions will be sold separately. “That’s another mistake. If women’s rights are uncoupled from men’s rights, there won’t be any takers,” sources told the newspaper.