FICA today commented on the outcomes of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Global Dialogue on Decent Work in the World of Sport held in Geneva in late January (accessible here). The ILO is an agency of the United Nations, and the tripartite Dialogue was the first solely focussed on the working conditions facing professional athletes.
The Dialogue was attended by players’ association representatives under the World Players’ Association umbrella, employer, and government representatives. Global sports governing bodies also attended as observers, including World Rugby, FIFA, and the IOC. The ICC did not attend.
The Dialogue adopted various ‘points of consensus’, which affirmed that:
FICA today confirmed the appointment of Tom Moffat as Chief Executive of the organisation, whilst Tony Irish will remain as Executive Chairman. Moffat, a former professional cricketer, and lawyer, from Australia, has worked as FICA’s Chief Operating Officer since 2016. The announcement coincides with the start of a new strategy period in which FICA will focus on:
Long serving NZCPA Chairman Ross Verry advised the Board, at last week’s Board meeting, of his decision to stand down from his role as Chairman.
Ross has been Chairman of the NZCPA for 10 years and during that time has made an enormous contribution to the organisation. Through his time as Chair, Ross has overseen the completion of three Strategic Planning processes, the introduction of women players as members of the NZCPA, the establishment of the Cricketers’ Trust (supporting past players who have fallen on hard times), the establishment of the Cricketers’ Retirement Fund, five collective agreement negotiations across the men’s and women’s games, an expanded Personal Development Programme, and the NZCPA governance review in 2018 which led to a new nomination and appointments process, amongst many other initiatives.
The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) held its Annual Meeting in London this week. The meeting covered a range of global issues common to all professional cricketers around the world. The meeting was chaired by Executive Chairman Tony Irish, attended by the FICA Board, and a number of invited contributors including from the World Payers’ Association and Centre for Sport and Human Rights, and International Rugby Players.
WHITE FERNS captain Amy Satterthwaite has hailed cricket’s new Women’s Master Agreement as a historic and progressive accord that provides another significant step forward for the game in New Zealand.
Satterthwaite said the agreement, reached in principle by New Zealand Cricket and the New Zealand Cricket Players Association, represented a major breakthrough for women’s cricket in New Zealand, particularly in terms of financial consideration for players below international level.
“I know people tend to focus on the WHITE FERNS’ contracts but the investment in domestic and developing players is an important step forward for women’s cricket in New Zealand,” she said.
NZC, the NZCPA and the six Major Associations are pleased to announce the completion of a new Master Agreement governing the professional men’s game, from August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2022.
The new agreement is based on a return to a fixed-revenue share model, through which the players will receive 26.5% of revenue generated from professional cricket. Over the four year term, this is forecast to be $65.3m, an increase of approximately 16% on the past four years of the previous agreement.
Sanctioning of Events & Player Release
In light of recent developments cricket is in need of a regulatory framework which recognises all elements of the global game and which will be effective now and in the future. In establishing this framework,
Code of Conduct
FICA supports holistic measures to protect the spirit and integrity of the game.
The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) responds to yesterday’s release of the men’s Future Tours Programme 2018 – 2023 (FTP).
“It is a positive that this FTP is structured to fit with the introduction of a nine team World Test Championship and a 13 team ODI League,” said FICA’s Executive Chairman, Tony Irish. “It is hoped that the World Test Championship and the ODI League will introduce much needed context into international cricket.”
“We think that the scheduling of the ODI League represents a significant step forward because it reflects that the global competition can only consist of three matches per series, which makes it simple for fans to follow and cuts out meaningless ODI matches. We continue however to urge the ICC to develop a clear pathway for smaller and associate countries to participate in this League.”