BCCI planning to reserve Oct-Jan window for home series only
New Delhi: Aiming to cash in on the festive season in India, the BCCI is planning to reserve the October-January slot only for its big-ticket home series from 2015, a plan which will also help the busy cricketers avoid taxing international tours.
The Board’s was toying with the idea of having a home calendar that revolves around the country’s festival season that starts with the Dusshera in October till the New Year in January.
The plan is similar to how countries like Australia, England, South Africa and also New Zealand make their calendars wherein specific slots are kept aside for home series, according to a top BCCI official.
The BCCI, the richest board in the world by some distance and which is responsible for bulk of international cricket’s revenues, had no such window reserved till now.
The plan will ensure that the players, who have been living out of their suitcases till now and coping with a gruelling international schedule, don’t have to stay away from home for long during the festive season.
As far as home series in India was concerned, they would till now play the Tests in September and October and the ODIs between February and March.
As per the schedule this year, South Africa is expected to tour India in October this year for a four-Test series followed by Pakistan and Sri Lanka coming on shorter tours.
“This way India will get to play at home during the festival season. The plan is to have two home series every year from this year onwards,” the official said.