Lisa Sthalekar appointed FICA president

Lisa Sthalekar is a World Cup winner ©Getty Images

Lisa Sthalekar has been named the president of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA). She was named as the president during the executive committee meeting in Nyon, Switzerland this week; FICA said in a release on Monday (June 20). She is the first female president in the history of the organisation.

Sthalekar joined the likes of former players Barry Richards, Jimmy Adams, and Vikram Solanki in the list of those who donned the post.

“I’m extremely honoured and excited to be FICA’s new President. We are entering a new phase of the game which covers more cricket than ever before for our male and female players. More countries are playing the game which demonstrates that cricket is certainly becoming a global game,” Sthalekar said.

“I look forward to working on behalf of our member players’ associations and players, and in particular to working with the ICC to ensure that all players have their rights protected and can work in partnership with administrators to make our game even better.”

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42-year-old Sthalekar played 187 international matches across the three formats to score 3913 runs and also took 229 wickets. She was part of Australia’s World Cup winning squads in ODIs and T20Is.

This was the first time the association’s executive committee meeting and World Players’ Association player development conferences were in held in person since the COVID-19 pandemic. The release said the committee discussed the issues the players and the game face at the global level.

“After consultation with our members we are delighted to announce Lisa’s appointment as FICA President, our first female President. Lisa was clearly the best candidate and her credentials are unparalleled as both a former player and broadcaster. Her previous roles as an Independent Director of FICA and on the Board of the Australian Cricketers’ Association demonstrate her long standing commitment to the players’ association movement and advancing player rights,” ,” Heath Mills, FICA executive chairman, said.

“The Ex Co would like to thank Vikram Solanki, our outgoing President, for his significant contributions to FICA over his tenure.”

“We would also like to thank Geoff Allardice, the CEO of the ICC, who made the trip to meet with us and discuss issues in the global game and the ICC’s relationship with the players as it nears the start of a new rights cycle for ICC Events. Clearly the involvement of the players is critical to the success of ICC Events and the global game as a whole. We need to ensure there are high quality structures and agreements in place to ensure the players and the ICC are optimising the significant opportunities for the game at global level.”