"At the last meeting of the ICC chief executives, the Pakistani and Indian delegates decided that given the importance of Indo-Pak cricket that all future series should be awarded icon status and be five-Test rubbers," a senior official said.
He, however, made it clear that Indias tour to Pakistan from early January next year is not included in this as it is scheduled in the first half of the ICC 10-year calendar.
"At the ICC moot in Dubai it was decided to award some series like the Ashes and Indo-Pak contests icon status because of their importance and to ensure that five Tests were played in these contests."
"But due to the hectic schedule in the ICCs second half of the FTP, some nations have raised doubts if it would be possible for icon series to be held on regular basis because of the cramped schedules.
Particularly since the ICC is also keen to have its Champions Trophy every year instead of biennially. But we have decided with Indias consent that we will only play five test rubbers in the second half of the FTP," the official stated.
In the second half of the ICC FTP, India hosts Pakistan from March 2009 while they pay a return visit to Pakistan in January 2011.