ICC having rethink on relations with FICA

Published: Saturday, March 25, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai:The ICC is having second thoughts on its relationship with the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) following concerns expressed by its Executive Board, who were critical of its ''apparent lack of respect and unnecessarily belligerent approach'' to its dealings with the cricket's governing body.

ICC President Ehsan Mani said the Board questioned whether the ICC should be dealing with an organisation which represents players from only half of the Full Member countries, an ICC release said here.

''The ICC Board has asked ICC management to review the policy on dealing with FICA ahead of its next meeting on April 30 as it is of the preliminary view that the current arrangement does not work,'' Mr Mani said in a statement.

The ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed has subsequently written to FICA outlining the Board's concerns.

''The Board is of the preliminary view that a spirit of co-operation between players and administrators would be better served by each individual Board dealing with its own players/player representatives,'' said Mr Speed.

''The Board is concerned that FICA is currently representative of only five player associations which are recognised by their respective Boards,'' said Mr Speed.

''Concerns have also been raised that FICA is attempting to become involved with issues which are the domain of individual Boards and their players/player associations,'' he added.

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