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, protecting and promoting the interests of professional cricketers throughout the world.

FICA was established in 1998 to co-ordinate the activities of all national players’ associations. FICA is a democratic player-driven organisation and it brings together the world’s cricketers, past and present, regardless of nationality, religion, political persuasion or race under an international body which focuses on matters that directly or indirectly affect the players, collectively and individually.

FICA’s Board comprises of the heads of each of its member players’ associations, plus independents. 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.

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  • FICA established by PCA and ACA
  • FICA International Player of the Year/Hall of Fame Awards established


  • FICA commences dialogue with the ICC


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


  • FICA formally recognised by the ICC


  • 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


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


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


  • Paul Marsh appointed Executive Chairman


  • Tony Irish succeeds Paul Marsh as Executive Chairman


  • 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


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


  • 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 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


  • FICA establishes Global Player Welfare & Education Platform
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.

Board Members

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