Updated: Oct 30
The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) today released its third Women’s Professional Cricket Global Employment Report 2022.
FICA’s Men’s and Women’s Employment Reports have been released biennially since 2018, and provide a player led, evidence-based, analysis of the global game and player employment market across major cricket countries.
The 2022 Report draws on significant research including extensive surveying of current professional and international players globally, surveying of players’ associations globally, statistical data from Cricket Archive, direct player engagement and other credible sources.
FICA is the world players’ body in cricket and brings together the world’s ‘organised’ professional cricketers.
The Report includes an overview of:
The global game structure and scheduling – with a clear increase in competitive structures, and growth within both the international cricket and domestic league landscapes, during the Report period, there is a need for global leadership to ensure clarity in the game’s structure and avoid scheduling overlap and ‘flight of talent’ issues that have become prominent in the men’s game.
The global professional employment market – an increase in professional employment opportunities and central contracts rising to 207 annually, a 75% uplift from the last Report period, plus 492 major domestic T20 league contract opportunities projected in 2023. Cricket remains a short term and precarious career path, however, with the majority of players on contracts of a year or less.
A country by country analysis set against FICA’s four stage professionalisation maturity curve and gender equity metrics – a number of countries have taken significant steps towards established professional status, and towards achieving equity in the terms and conditions facing players in their countries. The Report also highlights that more needs to be done to protect player rights consistently across all countries, and to address the disparity between the top few countries and the rest.
FICA CEO, Tom Moffat said:
“FICA is player led in everything it does, and these Reports continue to be an important part of FICA’s contribution to the game and its advocacy for players.”
“Given the pace of change, capturing the playing and employment landscapes at a point in time in these reports is becoming increasingly challenging, and that’s a good thing.”
“Pleasingly there have been a large number of positives to highlight globally during the report period, however, there are a number of significant issues that require addressing and FICA continues to urge the game’s leadership to work with it to address these.”
FICA President, Lisa Sthalekar said:
“I’m extremely proud of FICA continuing to dedicate time and resource into having a deep understanding of the landscape in the women’s game. This is our third edition and there are many lessons to be learnt as the game continues to grow exponentially.”
FICA Independent Director, Sana Mir said:
“Cricket should be striving to provide employment terms and conditions that attract the best sporting talent to our sport worldwide and ensuring there are more viable careers for players from more countries.”
A copy of the report can be accessed HERE or click on the image above.