Tejas Rathi ∙ Aug 17 2022, 3:00 PM

Ponting lauds ICC's decision to make changes in Border-Gavaskar

Ricky Ponting thinks the initiative to make the Border-Gavaskar Trophy five-Test match series will be enjoyable for the fans and players. 

image-l6xlt0waIndia will meet Australia two times in red-ball format from 2023-27

In a recently released 2023-27 FTP cycle by International Cricket Council, two sets of five-match Border-Gavaskar Test series are set to be contested between both teams. 

Australia will be the host in the 2023-25 Cycle, while India will be hosting it in the 2025-27 Cycle. 

It will be the first occasion in more than 30 years, that both sides will clash in the five-match red-ball series. 

"I think spectators from Australia and India and probably anyone that love the game around the world would like to have more Test matches between Australia and India, so absolutely I think it's a fantastic initiative and more importantly, I think all the players will really enjoy that as well," Ponting said on The ICC Review.

Ponting outlines contrast between conditions of both countries

The former Australian captain feels the fans relish the challenges faced by touring contingent in respective countries. 

"The thing about Australia-India series is that the conditions we play into so are so different and so contrasting."

image-l6xm3xfqAustralian team in Ashes 2021-22

"When India come to Australia they get the fast, bouncy wickets that offer something for the seamers. And then when Australia go to India it's pretty much the other way round with a lot of spin and a lot of reverse swing bowling."

The last Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2020/21 witnessed India securing a 2-1 victory in Australia. The next edition, which will be a part of the 2021-23 WTC Cycle, will comprise four matches and take place in India early next year. 

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