|FICA is encouraged by reports that formation of an Indian players’ association has been accepted by the Committee of Administrators (CoA), and will be established in the coming months. The existence of a body that can collectively represent the players in India, the world’s biggest cricket economy, is an important step forward for the game.
Professional cricket is a short term and precarious career path. Players’ associations around the world, in cricket and across sports, work tirelessly to provide services for players, including health, wellbeing, education and support services that can assist players during their careers and in their transition out of the game at the end of their careers. Players’ associations also play a role in ensuring that the players have a voice in important decisions that affect them.
Tony Irish, FICA Executive Chairman, said:
“FICA continues to offer its support to players and authorities in India in the establishment and recognition of a players’ association. We, and our member players’ associations, are always willing to share our learnings and to assist in establishing best practices for cricket in various countries around the world.”
“It is critical that players are involved in the development and governance of any association set up to collectively represent them, in order to ensure its effectiveness. We would welcome a player-established Indian cricketers’ association, which meets our membership and minimum standards requirements, into FICA and as part of the global collective of the world’s cricketers.”