MUMBAI, July 1 (PTI): India and England, who have normally engaged in three or four-Test rubbers prior to the upcoming best-of-five series from July 9, have inked an agreement to stick to this format in future contests too, according to Cricket Board Secretary Sanjay Patel.
�It will be a five-Test series (at home and away) against England and four-match rubbers against Australia. Both England and Australia will play four Test series against us (home and away) in the next eight-year cycle (from 2015-2023),� said Patel at an interaction with mediapersons here today. The new FTP agreements and MoUs have been inked by all the ten full Test playing members of the revamped International Cricket Council at its annual meeting in Melbourne recently, said Patel. As per the new FTP, India would have two home Test series every season between October and March unless they have to visit Australia which has retained the right to host the Boxing Day Test match at Melbourne.