The first ever women’s Future Tours Programme (FTP) is now a reality, and will soon be made public, according to ICC’s chief executive officer Geoff Allardice. The schedule, worked out by member countries, spans a three-year period between 2022-25.

While Allardice did not divulge any details about the FTP, ESPNcricinfo has learned that teams will play mainly three-match ODI series, which will be part of the Women’s Championships leading towards qualification for the 2025 ODI World Cup. Some countries, where possible, have clubbed a five-match T20I series to round off ODI tours. Teams can also look forward to preparatory matches ahead of the global tournaments.

“The women’s FTP is going to be published,” Allardice said from Birmingham, where the ICC’s annual conference ended on Tuesday. “It’s the first time we have had a long-term plan around women ‘s series that can give broadcasters and fans a certainty about who is playing who and what time of the year.

“It is structured around the ICC Women’s Championships through from 2022-25 with a lead up to the next World Cup which will be staged in India.”

For a long time players and supporters of women’s cricket have demanded an increase in matches and a regularity in schedule. However with lack of support from broadcasters in the past, cricket boards have not always been receptive.

But all that changed on July 23, 2017. Ever since the ECB and the ICC successfully staged the 2017 ODI World Cup culminating in hosts England pipping India in the final by nine runs in front of a sell-out crowd at Lord’s, women’s cricket has received better support from various stakeholders and most importantly established that it was an extremely lucrative business.

Packed crowds were seen once again at the 2022 women’s World Cup, held in Australia and New Zealand, with the tournament final, played on International Women’s Day, attracting 85,000-plus fans at the MCG, the biggest live audience at a women’s cricket match.