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ICC may scrap home-away series

With the player burnout becoming a major concern, the International Cricket Council president David Morgan says mandatory home-and-away series over a six-year cycle could be scrapped from the post-2012 Future Tours Programme.

cricket Updated: Dec 10, 2009 00:27 IST

With the player burnout becoming a major concern, the International Cricket Council president David Morgan says mandatory home-and-away series over a six-year cycle could be scrapped from the post-2012 Future Tours Programme (FTP).

Under the current FTP, all teams must play a Test and one-day series against each other twice over a six-year cycle. But Morgan said the structure could be relaxed in the new draft to address the issue of player burnout. “At the moment it’s a requirement that, in any six-year cycle, each full member has to play the other in a minimum of two Tests and three ODIs at home and away. I believe there will be a relaxation in that,” said Morgan.

“Perhaps not in the number of games, but there's a possibility of instead having to play everybody in a fixed cycle, you may either play them away or home,” he told Cricinfo.

Morgan said such a maneuvering would address concerns about too much cricket being raised by the Federation of International Cricketers' Association (FICA). “I firmly believe that it is very important to consult with the players. Where FICA is recognised, which is in the majority of countries, we are very happy to liaise and discuss things with Tim May. I find them a responsible body,” Morgan said.

FICA had urged the ICC to cut down the number of international games to give players reasonable breaks between series.