Representing the views and interests of professional cricketers around the world: Moving the game forward in a positive way
The Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA) is the global players’ representative body in cricket. FICA was established in 1998 to co-ordinate the activities of all national players’ associations, which protect the interests of professional cricketers throughout the world. It brings together the world’s cricketers, regardless of nationality, religion, political persuasion or race, under an international body focused on matters of general interest to the game and its players.
FICA’s Board comprises of the CEO’s of each of its member players’ associations. It is led operationally by its Executive and its Chief Operating Officer. Former England cricketer Vikram Solanki is the president of FICA. FICA’s operations are governed by its constitution.
FICA is not an administrator, nor does it aspire to govern the game. As the world players’ body however, it has a significant role to play. FICA, guided by its Principles, maintains a global view and works to represent the collective views and opinions of all professional player affiliated to it. Its responsibility is not to players in any particular country or region but to the collective of the majority of the worlds’ professional cricketers which it represents. Even in countries where players’ associations do not exist, the players benefit from the work FICA does.
FICA intends to advocate for basic principles that are important to players and players’ associations, and to maintain its views on the direction which it believes the game should be taking. It also recognises that it is an organisation within cricket, and that more is achievable when working cooperatively and constructively with those of the games administrators that wish to work with it.
Vikram has 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 (PCA) in the UK.
FICA is a founding member of The World Players Association (WPA). WPA brings together 85,000 players across professional sport through more than 100 player
associations in over 60 countries.
Major player associations belonging to World Players include:
• FIFPro, the world football players’ union
• Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA)
• International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA)
• European Elite Athletes’ Association (EU Athletes)
• National Football League Players Association (NFLPA)
• National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA)
• National Basketball Players Association (NBPA)
• Japanese Professional Baseball Players Association (JPBPA)
• Australian Athletes’ Alliance (AAA).
Three overarching principles guide the work and decision-making of the World Players Association.
First, World Players believes in the dignity of the player. This means:
• all players are free to negotiate the terms upon which they are involved in sport, and to be represented by persons of their choosing in those negotiations
• developing the full potential of the players as outstanding people, professionals and citizens
• promoting and protecting the good name, image, reputation and performance of the players
• safeguarding long-term player health, safety, security and social well-being
• upholding the rights and responsibilities of the players of the world, including the application of international human rights and labour standards and the enforcement of the fundamental rights of players at work, which should prevail over any specific sports law or regulation.
Second, World Players believes in the humanity of sport. This means:
• championing the practice and pursuit of sport as a human right
• sport protecting, respecting and upholding fundamental human rights
• sport working in partnership with the players to be a force for good
• promoting the highest standards of governance and accountability in sport
• protecting the integrity and good standing of sport from threats such as racism, discrimination, violence, anti-competitive behaviour, self-interest, corruption, match manipulation and doping.
Third, World Players believes in organising. This means:
• ensuring the voice of the players is heeded in the leadership of sport, especially through collective bargaining
• being a democratic player driven organisation that acts on the mandate of our affiliated player associations
• acting with unity and solidarity. Players who are members of a player association in one country or sport can rely on the support and solidarity of World Players and our affiliated player associations
• educating, engaging and empowering the players to work for the betterment of their profession, sport and humanity
• taking a knowledge and evidence based approach
• taking a world perspective.
The FICA Player Advisory Committees, comprised predominantly of current senior international players nominated by their home players association, complement FICA’s ongoing program of structured engagement with its member players’ associations and players around the world to ensure it is accurately representing collective player views and interests at the global level. The Committees focus on both cricketing and employment related issues that affect players globally.