Malcolm called unto all Test-playing nations, and said unto them: Hear, O World
Powers, the statutes and the ordinances which I speak in your ears this day,
that ye may learn them, and observe to do them. The ICC lords made a covenant
with us in London. They made this covenant not with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive today.
And in this covenant they declared unto us the word. And so it was that, out of the midst of the fire, atop the mount, for all to behold and cast their gaze, here, the immutable, the true... the word... The 'Future Tours Programme.' -- (Deut. 2006-2012)
Is anyone else sick as shit of this stupid FTP yet? Any gripe, new development, or even potential query about the state of cricket at the moment is just shut down, immediately, without so much as word of argument, simply by pointing a finger at the ultimate, sacrosanct Future Tours Programme. (It's a damn itinerary, for god's sake -- just change it if you have to.)
You mean to tell me we'll just jam-pack the cricketing schedule like a Mexican subway compartment -- giving the players about 72 hours to travel, rest and meet their future IPL teammates -- just so the sanctity of Bangladesh's scheduled tour of the West Indies in 2011 is not compromised? Are you kidding me? How have the players not revolted against this yet?
Here's just one illustration of this lunacy:
Meanwhile, India will tour Bangladesh in June for a one-day tri-series also featuring Pakistan, N Srinivasan, the BCCI treasurer, confirmed. The team will then head for Asia Cup in Pakistan before flying out to Sri Lanka in mid-July for three Tests and five one-day internationals.
So India will basically play... a bunch of ODIs against Bangladesh and Pakistan, after which they'll play... another bunch of ODIs in a tournament against... those exact same teams!! (Plus, Sri Lanka)!! And after that, for those who didn't quite get a strong enough Lankan fix... yet another batch of ODIs against Sri Lanka. Are the organisers actively trying to make us hate cricket? I don't get it.