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India vs Australia: BCCI confirms end of 4-match Test series for Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Since 2003 the Border-Gavaskar Trophy has been a 4-match Test series

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As India and Australia brace up for the upcoming Test series, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed the end of the traditional four-Test series as part of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. 

The All-India Senior Selection Committee of the BCCI also announced on Friday the 17-member squad for the forthcoming Boder-Gavaskar series. 

The series is set to begin on February 9 in Nagpur. It will be the team's final contest in the ongoing World Test Championship cycle. 

"This will also be the last edition of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy which will be a 4-match Test series feature," read the statement from BCCI. 

According to reports, talks have been going on for a long time to change the series from a four-match contest to five Tests series. 

Since 2003-2004, the Border-Gavaskar Trophy has been a four-Test series since India had toured Australia, with the 2010/11 contest only being a two-Test contest. The last time a series featured five Tests was in 1991/92. 

Earlier last year in August,  ICC had released the Men's FTP cycle for 2023-27, which includes two sets of five-match series for the Border-Gavasakar Trophy in the upcoming ICC World Test Championship cycles. According to the FTP, Australia will host India for the first five-match Border-Gavaskar series in 2023-25 of the WTC cycle, followed by a reciprocal tour in the 2025-27 cycle. 

For the series, Ishan Kishan has been called up as Rishabh Pant's replacement with K.S. Bharat as the first-choice wicketkeeper. Jasprit Bumrah will be absent series. 

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