FICA threatens of boycotting Champions Trophy

Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2007, 23:11 [IST]
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London:The Federation of International Cricketers' Association (FICA) has threatened to boycott the next year's Champions Trophy in Pakistan if the ICC fails to curb the mismanagement of the game.

According to a report in The Times, FICA directors are scheduled to meet ICC executives this week in Dubai where they will put up their case before the game's governing body. FICA is demanding a genuine attempt on the part of ICC to reorganise its governance on less political lines.

Issuing a warning bell to ICC, Richard Bevan, a director of FICA said, ''Strike would be too strong a word.'' ''Every player has to sign terms for each ICC event. We are more or less satisfied with arrangements for the first Twenty20 World Cup in September, but unless we see signs of a will to change, players could withhold their support for the next Champions Trophy. It's the tournament the players are least happy about,'' he added.

Chief executive of FICA, Tim May, Tony Irish from South Africa and Bevan are travelling to Dubai this week to check if ICC is making any attempt to reform its decision-making process, which according to FICA should be in the best interest of the game.

''Our frustration is that we have ten Test-playing countries voting politically on some issues such as who will succeed Percy Sonn. They take cricketing and commercial decisions that are often not linked with one another. A more independent administration is needed,'' Bevan said.

The latest crisis between FICA and the ICC arouse after majority of international cricketers had shown dissatisfaction over ICC's scheduling of tournamnets which is resulting in players' burn-out.

Moreover, the professional cricketers body also want that less of the income generated by game's governing body should go to essentially amateur countries for the development of the game's infrastrucure.

Earlier this month, FICA released a report stating 56 per cent of players were not satisfied and lacked confidence in ICC's ability to govern the game.

However, the ICC has dismissed this survey by saying that FICA only represents players from five Full Member countries and none of the Associates, so a sample survey is not providing the corret picture.

Bevan stricyly objected ICC claims saying, ''That is only because the players' associations in other countries are not officially recognised by their own cricket boards.''


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