FICA backs formation of players’ association

At FICA’s Executive Meeting at The Oval, in London, the body also resolved to oppose any unfair restrictions on freedom of movement imposed on players without their consent, and discussed the need for a new regulatory framework in agreement with player representatives.

FICA has backed the Australian cricketers in their pay dispute with Cricket Australia.   -  Getty Images

The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) has backed the formation of an independent players’ association in India by confirming its dedication to assist the setting up of this body.

This was among the outcomes from FICA’s Executive Meeting at The Oval, in London, said a media release from the association today.

“FICA has confirmed its commitment towards Indian cricketers to set up an independent players’ association, after the Lodha Committee and Indian Supreme Court ruled that an association should be formed,” FICA said in its statement.

“It (Executive Meeting) noted that both India’s national and domestic players are key stakeholders in the world’s largest cricket economy. Assisting where possible to ensure those players have an independent collective voice, as well as creating player well-being, personal development and education programs will continue to be a priority,” it added.

FICA also backed the Australian cricketers in their pay dispute with Cricket Australia.

“FICA extends its full support to the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) and player revenue sharing principles, which it considers to be global best practice in maintaining player revenue-share in the game in each country. It also discussed the importance of governing bodies respecting players’ chosen representatives,” the release said.

The meeting also discussed the rapid changes sweeping global cricket and player career landscapes at length, including the impact of domestic T20 leagues in delivering various career paths and choices for players around the world.

The meeting also resolved to oppose any unfair restrictions on freedom of movement that are imposed on players without their agreement, and discussed the need for a new regulatory framework agreed with player representatives.

FICA Executive Chairman Tony Irish noted the lure of the ever-expanding domestic T20 leagues for the players.

“The domestic T20 leagues, which are increasing in number and sophistication, are presenting multiple new career options for players. It is critical that the right balance is found between the traditional and the new markets,” Irish said.

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