India’s full tour of New Zealand early next year could be trimmed to two Tests, two ODIs and two T20 Internationals to accommodate the Asia Cup cricket tournament, according to a report.

The ICC’s Future Tours Programme (FTP) has India scheduled to play three Tests, five ODIs and one T20 International during February-March, but the BCCI wanted to trim down the tour to host the Asia Cup around that time.

According to the report, the new schedule will have a maximum of 14 days of international cricket as against the 21 originally planned in the FTP, though no formal agreement has been reached between the two Boards yet.

The report said that Nimbus, owner of NEO, which has bagged the broadcast rights of the tour, was made aware of a possible change in the original itinerary for the New Zealand tour.

The Asia Cup will also be broadcast by NEO.Nimbus had announced recently that it would broadcast to India all international cricket matches from New Zealand till 2020.

For NZC, though, it is a matter of relief that there would be no cancellation of the tour because of India’s tight schedule, the report said. — PTI

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