FICA has undertaken a strategic review and delivered a new strategic plan that will take the organisation forward over the next few years. It has established a set of fundamental principles that will guide its position, strategic growth and activity, and will hopefully make a lasting contribution towards a better future for cricket, with players remaining at the heart of the game.
FICA believes in a strong and vibrant global game in which all male and female professional cricketers can build a viable and successful career in a safe, competitive and rewarding environment. FICA acknowledges the reality of where the game finds itself today. It has not always agreed with the direction taken by the game’s administrators but it will nevertheless seek to continue to work within the game and in support of its established Principles, representing the views and interests of professional cricketers around the world. ‘FICA’s Principles have been shaped by the insights and opinions of players from across the world game, past and present, international and domestic.
FICA’s Principles cover six fundamental areas and give rise to required standards and structures, as well as ambitions that are vital for the future success of cricket. FICA’s Principles are fair, reasonable and aspirational. They will guide FICA’s future activity and they will act as a set of benchmarks to which FICA will seek to hold the game and its administrators accountable.
All professional cricketers have the right to collective representation at both ICC and country board levels and to have their individual rights protected by fair process and the representative of their choice. All professional cricketers should have a voice and be able to contribute to decision-making in the game on matters that fundamentally or materially affect their professional working environment or terms of employment. Where this is not respected, the players retain the right to take appropriate collective action.
1.1. All male and female players should be able to join and be represented by a well-resourced and accountable players’ association should they choose to do so.
1.2. All genuinely representative players’ associations should be formally recognised by relevant country boards.
1.3. Every professional player has the right to collectively bargained terms and conditions of employment.
1.4. The players’ associations’ relationship with its country board should be governed by a fair agreement that, as a minimum, includes those matters on which the association shall be consulted and on which negotiation will take place.
1.5. All players’ associations that comply with FICA’s minimum standards should be able to join FICA.
1.6. FICA should continue to be formally recognised as the players’ representative at international level by the ICC and engaged appropriately by the ICC on player issues.
1.7. There should be at least two democratically elected current player representatives on the ICC Cricket Committee who are capable of representing the players’ views
1.8. FICA should attend at the ICC Chief Executives Committee and be consulted on all relevant ICC event arrangements.
1.9. FICA should have the right to present to and engage with the ICC at the appropriate time and in the appropriate forum on matters that impact on professional players around the world.
All stakeholders, employees and players in the game must act with integrity, upholding the values and traditions of cricket. External threats from doping, corruption and match-fixing must be combated professionally and appropriately. The defence against threats must focus on engaging, educating and empowering all stakeholders including the players.
2.1 A well-resourced, fully independent Anticorruption and security unit (ACSU), operating centrally and coordinating operations in all ICC Full Member nations
2.2 A joint approach to anti-corruption between FICA and ACSU and between players’ associations and anti-corruption units of country boards
2.3 Proportionate, reasonable and effective anticorruption regulations and measures agreed in consultation with the stakeholders to whom they apply, and applicable to players and officials alike
2.4 A meaningful, externally-monitored and enforced Code of Conduct and Ethics for all administrators and officials at ICC and domestic board level
2.5 A comprehensive, well-resourced and world-class global education programme developed with and for all professional cricketers, and other participants in all countries, on issues that affect the integrity of the game
2.6 A collectively bargained, effective, intelligence-based anti-doping programme with an appropriate and agreed whereabouts and testing regime agreed with the players
2.7 A benchmarking of supporters trust in the integrity of cricket with the aim of continuing to improve the public’s perception of the game
2.8 Clear and published processes and criteria for the awarding of event hosting rights to any venue or country agreed in consultation with participants’ representatives
2.9 Clear and published processes and criteria for the awarding of commercial contracts for the provision of goods or services to the game
2.10 Support and rehabilitation of players who have been offenders but have admitted to their wrongdoings, cooperated with authorities and sought to make amends by assisting both the fight against corruption and the education of young players
Every professional cricketer, both male and female, has the right to pursue a career based on merit and free from any discrimination or harassment. Every professional cricketer has the right to work under the protection of the law in just and favourable conditions of work, including a safe and healthy working environment. Every professional cricketer has the right to a fair wage, fair workload, rest and leisure, privacy, workplace representation and the protection of a secure and easily enforceable contract.
Every professional cricketer has the right not to be dismissed or suspended for arbitrary or capricious reasons. Every professional cricketer should have access to a fair dispute resolution process. A player should not be subject to any penalty which is disproportionate or without just cause. Every professional cricketer has the right to have his or her personal attributes (including name, image, likeness, signature, voice and biographical information) protected and his or her attributes and commercial performances should only be exploited with his or her consent.
3.1 Professional cricketers, as with other professional athletes are entitled to employee rights
3.2 Fair and equitable treatment of male and female players, particularly in regard to employee rights, protections, terms and conditions
3.3 Collectively bargained standard contracts of employment for all professional cricketers
3.4 Player Remuneration appropriate and fairly calculated in recognition of the player’s central role in the game’s income generation
3.5 Fair and appropriate payment to players in respect of exploitation of their player attributes and commercial performances
3.6 Collectively bargained regulations regarding player movement between employers that balances the reasonable need for cricket priority and consistency against the right to freedom of player movement
3.7 Formal systems of objective player appraisals aimed at keeping a player reasonably informed of the team’s future expectations and his or her future employment prospects in good time for them to make reasoned and timely decisions about their professional future
3.8 Independent disciplinary panels, agreed with player representatives, to determine any charges brought under agreed, reasonable and proportionate Codes of Conduct
3.9 Comprehensive and trustworthy grievance procedures and reporting provisions so players can safely raise concerns through appropriate and trusted channels
3.10 Appropriate confidentiality over private player personal data and sanctions for breaches of confidentiality
3. 11 Strict confidentiality over reporting of information by players aimed at assisting the fight against corruption and sanctions for breaches of confidentiality
3. 12 Independent security advice and threat assessment leading to an agreed minimum level of team and individual security tailored for each match, series or event
3. 13 An agreed minimum level of travel and accommodation provision commensurate with the resources of the employer and prestige of the match, tour or event
Cricket should provide a working environment and resources for all professional cricketers, both male and female, that protect a cricketer’s welfare, health and safety, and his or her physical, mental and social wellbeing as well as promoting personal growth and sporting excellence. All professional cricketers are entitled to expert treatment and support, when injured or incapacitated in any way, funded by the resources of the employer and the sport. All professional cricketers have the right to an education, to prepare to transition out of the game and to pursue life beyond cricket. The game should formerly recognise a responsibility to its professional players and assist in funding appropriate programmes for both whilst they are playing and to properly prepare them for their career transition.
4.1 Every professional cricket event and venue should adhere to an agreed minimum level of health and safety standards including both on and off field
4.2 Every professional player should have access to qualified sports science and medical staff to ensure his or her optimum physical wellbeing
4.3 Every professional player should have access to an adequate response to any reasonably foreseeable medical emergency while playing, training and touring
4.4 All professional players should be insured by their employer to an agreed minimum level against temporary or permanent disablement
4.5 Every player should be entitled to an agreed reasonable time away from cricket every year
4.6 Every player’s dependents should have the reassurance of an agreed minimum level of death in service cover provided by the player’s employer
4.7 FICA seeks to partner with the ICC and cricket’s administrators to undertake research into relevant player injury, health and wellbeing issues, and to ensure that appropriate action is taken in response to the findings of such research
4.8 Every player should have access to confidential and professional counselling for his or her professional and personal mental health needs
4.9 Every player should be given a comprehensive education on the rules and regulations of the game, delivered in partnership with the local players’ association or FICA including, in particular, anti-doping and anti-corruption education
4.10 Every professional player should have access to a Personal Development Officer to assist in welfare, personal development and career transition
4.11 Every player should have access to opportunities to further his or her education in any field to improve his or her prospects for success in life after professional cricket
Men’s and women’s international cricket should be structured to deliver the best sporting competition with the best players available to play for their national sides when selected. The structure should provide a clear narrative to the cricket public, appropriate playing opportunities for all teams and a clear progress pathway for developing countries. The international cricket structure should not be governed entirely by short-term financial considerations and must take into account the volume and context of cricket, player workload and a balance of the formats of the game.
5.1 A balanced and consistent International Schedule, scheduled around context and providing fair playing opportunities for all nations
5.2 Clear context for international cricket that transcends bilateral competition and gives meaning and prestige to every match due to the impact that match has on qualification for ICC Events, global ranking, or significant financial reward
5.3 A clear pathway and meaningful, meritocratic opportunity for developing nations to compete in all formats of the game
5.4 Ongoing consultation with the players, including via FICA, on the international playing structure of the game and any proposed fundamental changes to the structure
5.5 Clarity and consistency in the recognition of current and future tournaments, leagues and competitions in any format for any professional cricketer that are good for the game, the players and the spectators
5.6 Clarity and consistency in the position within the annual international cricketing calendar for all current and future recognised, leagues and competitions, especially domestic T20 leagues, that feature international players from other countries
5.7 Objectively researched maximum limits on player workload and volume of cricket agreed with FICA and properly recognised in the International Schedule
5.8 Globally consistent and objectively determined playing conditions, including the use of the best available technology, applied in matches between all opponents
5.9 Ongoing consultation with the players, including via FICA, on the playing conditions of the international game and any proposed changes to those conditions
5.10 Adherence to the principle that participant safety and security is paramount in the decisions and processes relating to scheduling and hosting of events and matches
5. 11 Every cricket event should be subject to appropriate and expert safety and security assessments and to the implementation of proportionate security measures
Cricket should be administered in line with universally accepted principles of good governance, which not only lead to sporting and commercial success but which are ethical, transparent, and accountable; free from corruption and mismanagement, as well as in the long-term interests of the global game and all its stakeholders, including the players.
6.1 FICA is committed to democratic principles with each member players’ association having an equal vote
6.2 High quality, innovative and strategic leadership of the game at all levels
6.3 Published Key Performance Indicators against which the performance of the game’s leadership can be measured
6.4 Clear protocols and process for dealing effectively with complaints about the game’s governance or individuals involved in the game’s governance
6.5 Balanced and skills-based boards and committees at ICC and country board level, including independent directors with democratic, equal voting rights for all
6.6 Clear and transparent structures, decision-making processes and financial reporting by the ICC boards and country boards
6.7 Meaningful representation for the game’s stakeholders, including the players, at country and ICC level in all relevant decision-making processes
6.8 A considered, meaningful and published global development strategy for the game with criteria for financial distribution based on performance