ABOUT FICA

Serving players’ collective interests globally.

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.

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 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

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)

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 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 Platform

2020

  • Tom Moffat appointed as FICA CEO
  • FICA publishes updated Principles
Office Bearers
Vikram Solanki – FICA President

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.

EXECUTIVE/OPERATIONAL TEAM
Board Members
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.

Men's Player Advisory Group
Women's Player Advisory Group