ABOUT FICA

FICA is the world players’ body in cricket.

Established in 1998, FICA is a democratic player-driven organisation that brings together the world’s ‘organised’ professional cricketers under an international body which focuses on matters that affect the players collectively, and the global game. Players who are members of a FICA member association are, by extension, also guaranteed the support of the other players’ associations in other countries. We care about:

Players: Serving players’ collective interests globally

The Game: Positively influencing the direction of the global game

Players’ Associations: Strengthening and growing

FICA, guided by its Principles, maintains a global view and works to represent the collective views and opinions of all professional players 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 exists for players and we are player- centric in everything we do. We work hard to be respected and valued by all players, our member associations, and cricket’s other key stakeholders. We believe in both inclusivity and diversity. We care about the game and strive to be thought-leaders by being knowledgeable, positive and proactive across all our activities.

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1998

  • FICA established by PCA and ACA
  • FICA International Player of the Year/Hall of Fame Awards established
  • Barry Richards appointed as FICA’s inaugural President

2000

  • FICA commences dialogue with the ICC

2002

  • FICA coordinates the basis on which player rights and IP could be on-sold in relation to ICC events
  • Other players’ associations join FICA

2003

  • FICA formally recognised by the ICC

2005

  • Tim May appointed as FICA’s first full time CEO
  • FICA World XI formed for Tsunami relief game to replace cancelled Sri Lankan tour of New Zealand

2007

  • FICA negotiates player terms for ICC events (2007-2015)

2008

  • Jimmy Adams succeeds Barry Richards as FICA President

2012

  • FICA joins UniSport Pro (now World Players’ Association) as one of its founder organisations alongside IRPA, FIFPRO, NFLPA, EU Athletes

2013

  • Paul Marsh appointed Executive Chairman

2014

  • Tony Irish succeeds Paul Marsh as FICA Executive Chairman

2015

  • FICA negotiates player terms for ICC events (2015-2023)
  • FICA publishes Guiding Principles
  • FICA publishes inaugural Player Health, Safety and Security Overview Report
  • FICA commences representation of women’s cricketers

2016

  • FICA publishes inaugural International Cricket Structural Review
  • Former internationals Lisa Sthalekar and Graeme Smith appointed as  first independent Board Members

2017

  • Vikram Solanki succeeds Jimmy Adams as FICA President
  • Irish Cricketers’ Association formed and recognised as a FICA member
  • Scottish Cricketers’ Association formed and recognised as a FICA member
  • FICA successfully challenges the unauthorised use of player commercial rights at global level

2018

  • FICA publishes inaugural Global Employment Reports
  • FICA launches men’s and women’s T20 Player Indexes in partnership with Cricket Archive
  • FICA establishes men’s and women’s Player Advisory Groups

2019

  • FICA establishes Global Player Welfare & Education Platforms

2020

  • Tom Moffat appointed as FICA CEO
  • FICA publishes updated Principles and commences new Strategy period
  • Heath Mills succeeds Tony Irish as FICA Executive Chairman
  • Dutch Cricketers’ Association formed and recognised as a FICA Member

2021

  • FICA establishes FICA Global Player Rights Ltd and FICA Global Player Commercial Program

2022

  • Lisa Sthalekar succeeds Vikram Solanki as FICA President
Office Bearers
Lisa Sthalekar – President

Lisa is a former Australian player who captained her country, having made 187 international appearances for Australia. She amassed almost 4,000 international runs and more than 200 international wickets. Lisa is a member of both the Cricket Australia and ICC Hall’s of Fame. Lisa has done significant work promoting the development of the game and player interests in various roles, including as a former Independent Director of FICA and on the Australian Cricketers’ Association Executive. Since finishing her playing career she has forged a career as a broadcaster, and is also the current player nominated representative on the ICC Women’s Committee.

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS
Heath Mills

Executive Chairman

Tom Moffat

Chief Executive

Tony Irish

Independent

Wavell Hinds

West Indies

Andrew Breetzke

South Africa

Rob Lynch

England & Wales

Todd Greenberg

Australia

Board Members
Debabrata Paul

Bangladesh

Cecelia Joyce

Ireland

Alasdair Evans

Scotland

Paul Van Meekeren

The Netherlands

FICA MEMBERS
AFFILIATIONS

World Players Association

FICA is a founding member of The World Players Association (WPA). WPA brings together 85,000 players across professional sport through more than 100 players’ 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).

 

The vision of World Players is: “To champion the dignity of the player and the humanity of sport.”

 

In the pursuit of this vision World Players has a three-part goal: First, the human rights of everyone involved in the delivery of sport must be protected, respected and, where needed, upheld. Second, the same must be true for the players. Third, the impact of sport must be positive, including in sporting, economic, environmental and cultural terms.

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FICA Player Advisory Groups

The FICA Player Advisory Groups, 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 PAG's focus on both cricketing and employment related issues that affect players globally.

Player Advisory Group
Aaron Finch

Australia

Alyssa Healy

Australia

Amy Satterthwaite

New Zealand

Chris Woakes

England

Faf du Plessis

South Africa

Hayley Matthews

West Indies

Heather Knight

England

Jason Holder

West Indies

Kumar Sangakkara

Sri Lanka

Kyle Coetzer

Scotland

Laura Delany

Ireland

Lizelle Lee

South Africa

Lorcan Tucker

Ireland

Priyanaz Chatterji

Scotland

Scott Edwards

The Netherlands

Tim Southee

New Zealand

Daniel Vettori

FICA ICC Cricket Committee Rep

Lisa Sthalekar

FICA ICC Cricket Committee Rep

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