Absence of players’ Associations in India and Pakistan is a big concern for FICA

Formation of a players' association is one of the recommendations made by the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee, as the whole idea is to give the cricketers “a voice to raise their concerns”, while barring them from forming a “trade union of any sort.”

The absence of players’ associations in India and Pakistan is a “big concern” for FICA and the issue was discussed on the first day of the ICC five-day meeting, in Kolkata. (Representational Image)   -  AFP

The absence of players' associations in India and Pakistan is a “big concern” for FICA and the issue was discussed on the first day of the five-day ICC meeting, which began, here, on Sunday.

Formation of a players' Association is one of the recommendations made by the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee, as the whole idea is to give the cricketers “a voice to raise their concerns”, while barring them from forming a “trade union of any sort.”

“Unfortunately, India and Pakistan do not have a functioning players association. It’s definitely a big concern. The Lodha Commission has already said about forming an association. We will speak to them when (will) they form an association. It’s up to the players in India,” a top official of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations said.

“India is definitely a dominant force in cricket and as a result, a number of people are following the sport. ICC consists of the 12 full member countries. India really dominates the decision making in ICC.”

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That the Indian cricketers enjoy a lot of stardom and are powerful enough to bargain with the BCCI, on their own, is one of the reasons cited for the delay in forming a players’ body.

Clarifying that they do not work as agents, the official said: “We are involved in the collective, not the individual cricketer’s right. We are not individual agents.”

The first day’s also had the women’s cricket committee meeting and women’s cricket forum. The morning session was attended by India captain Mithali Raj, who was a special invitee.

“She was here, briefly, during the meeting. She was asked whether she has encountered any instances of match-fixing. She said that she hasn’t till date,” an ICC official said.