The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) has expressed its concern over the absence of players’ Associations in India and Pakistan at the ICC’s meeting in Kolkata on Sunday.
They were here for the five-day ICC meeting, which began on Sunday (22 April). On the other hand, despite suggestions by the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee to make a players’ association in India, which is one of the CoA recommendations, to give the cricketers “a voice to raise their concerns”, they have yet to come at any conclusion regarding the matter.
As per reports in PTI, a top FICA official said, “Unfortunately India and Pakistan do not have a functioning players association. It’s definitely a big concern. The Lodha Commission has already said about forming an association. We will speak to them when (will) they form an association. It’s up to the players in India. India is definitely a dominant force in cricket and as a result of the number of people are following the sport. ICC consists of the 12 full member countries. India really dominate the decision making in ICC.”
India is a cricket crazy nation, where cricketers enjoy a lot of stardom and are enough powerful to deal with the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI), which is one of the reasons they are yet to form a players’ body in the country, while the FICA official made it clear that they are here not to do work as agents.
The official signed off by saying, “We are involved in the collective, not the individual cricketer’s right. We are not individual agents.”