ISSUES IN AUSTRALIA HIGHLIGHT THE NEED FOR A BETTER GLOBAL CRICKET STRUCTURE AND REGULATORY FRAMEWORK
The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) today commented on the ongoing dispute in Australia in the context of the global cricket structure and players’ fundamental right to freedom of movement.
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.
150 years is a long time for a cricket club to exist in this comparably young country. In fact, the 150th Jubilee of the Greytown Cricket Club over Waitangi weekend is believed to make them the second oldest club in New Zealand.
The tranquillity of the boutique cricket ground in the picturesque town of Greytown was blessed with what must have been the best day of summer, in scorching heat the setting was an absolute picture, with a crowd described as the ‘largest we have seen at the ground’ by club President Jason Osbourne.
Glenn Phillips started his Twenty20 career by fulfilling his much touted talent when taking out the CricHQ MVP for the McDonalds Super Smash, in what was his debut season for the Aces.
The expressive right hand opening bat is typical of the millennial player who have grown up when reverse sweeps, switch hits and cover drives for six are about ‘execution’ – not a brain fade.
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.
Following completion of FICA’s annual player survey, and ahead of further discussions at ICC level on the structure of international cricket, the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) today urged the ICC to deliver a clear and compelling future for international cricket, which includes meaningful change to competition structures. FICA is supportive of improving, and adding context to all three formats of international cricket, ensuring a structure that delivers better clarity and balance between the formats, and one that will address the continued decline in popularity of much of international cricket. Cricket needs a new international structure now to allow it to survive and thrive in the future.
The New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association (NZCPA) is delighted to confirm the agreement of a new three year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with New Zealand Cricket (NZC) for the White Ferns environment.
There will now be 15 players awarded annual contracts with NZC each year.
Women's cricket has recently received a boost in profile and investment - with Twenty20 competitions spawning from the Men's equivalent in Australia and England - as well as enhanced support for international players in most leading countries.
While this has increased opportunities, most players are still juggling employment alongside their cricket. Erin Bermingham is lucky to have shaped her career, on and off the park, with her two of her passions.
Memberzone caught up with Erin at a recent White Ferns training camp in Christchurch.
International cricket is faced with multiple choices and challenges.
Cricket derives the bulk of its income from international competition and therefore the 3500+ professional players, as well as administrators and employees in the game worldwide, rely on the economic engine-room that is international cricket for their livelihoods.
However, the international product is cluttered, lacking in context, confusing, unbalanced and frequently subject to change. It is time for Collective Thinking....
Memberzone recently caught up with former Blackcap and Otago legend (although never forgetting his Hamilton roots) - Martyn Croy.
'Crosya' has been involved in the high performance area of sport for some time in his role with High Performance Sport NZ and he provides us with a unique insight into his working life.
We caught up with the man himself just at the Olympics are about to kick into gear.