Former England International Vikram Solanki Appointed FICA President
The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) today announced the appointment of former England international, Vikram Solanki as FICA President. Solanki represented England on more than 50 occasions between 2000 and 2007 and amassed almost 30,000 first class and List A runs during his professional career. He holds a law degree, is a current assistant coach of Surrey County Cricket Club and is a former Chairman of the Professional Cricketers’ Association (UK). Solanki replaces Jimmy Adams as FICA President.
Former international captains Lisa Sthalekar and Graeme Smith were appointed as Independent Board Members of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) at the FICA annual meeting held in Cape Town between 10-12 October.
The Board held lengthy discussions on the significant issues around the structure of international cricket. The discussions were guided by FICA’s 2016 International Cricket Structural Review, player insights, player surveys and FICA’s ongoing dialogue with the ICC and the ICC Member Boards.
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FICA Executive Chairman, Tony Irish today made comment in relation to the inaugural Masters Champions League (MCL) event held in Dubai in January earlier this year. The MCL was run by Zafar Shah and event organisers Grand MidWest Sports.
“A significant number of players who played in the MCL have not been paid their contractual entitlements. As far as we are aware only one team, the Gemini Arabians has been paid in full and on time.” Irish said.
The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) today responded to the outcomes of the recent ICC Board and Committee meetings which took place in Dubai from 1st to 3rd February 2016.
“We are encouraged by what appears to be a new direction coming from the ICC” said Tony Irish, FICA’s Executive Chairman.
FICA URGES THE GAME TO BUILD ON ADELAIDE TEST MATCH PINK BALL EXPERIMENT
Following the inaugural day/night Test Match in Adelaide last week, FICA Executive Chairman, Tony Irish today made comment after consultation with players and conducting a player survey following the Test Match.
“It was good to see so many fans at the Adelaide Test Match and it was successful as an event, however, the pink ball experiment must be part of a bigger picture, and it alone is not the answer to making Test cricket the best it can be.” Irish said.