Dubai, June 28: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has expressed its anger and disappointment at what it believes is a confrontational stance taken by the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA).
A statement issued by the FICA Executive Chairman Paul Marsh alleges that there has been ‘no action for six weeks' on the FICA complaint about the vote for players representatives on the ICC Cricket Committee. Given this untrue statement the ICC has no alternative but to refute angrily this argument and state the true facts.
India's Laxman Sivaramakrishnan was voted as players representative. According to FICA, the captains were pressurised by BCCI to vote for Sivaramakrishnan. However, ICC denied any wrongdoing in his election.
FICA on Thursday referred the matter on its own to ICC Ethics Officer for an independent investigation. "FICA has tried all we can to get the ICC to refer this matter to the Ethics Officer themselves, however after more than six weeks of no action we are left with no choice but to refer the matter ourselves," said FICA Executive Chairman Paul Marsh.
In response to FICA, the ICC stated on Thursday (June 27): "The facts of this matter are clear. Following several weeks of communications and discussions between ICC executives and FICA, on Tuesday 25 June 2013 senior ICC executives and leading board members from ICC Full and non-Full member countries met with Ian Smith, the FICA Chief Operating Officer, in London with a view to resolving the issues which had been raised by FICA.
"It was mutually agreed with the FICA representative that major progress had been made to resolve any perceived deficiencies in the ICC Cricket Committee election system and we believed that, at the end of the meeting, we were close to reaching an outcome that was acceptable to the players and their representatives.
"Sadly, within no more than 48 hours of those constructive talks - without reverting to the ICC -FICA's executive chairman chose to issue an emotive press release, which we believe was a breach of trust of the processes and protocols agreed at the London discussions. We also believe that this confrontational approach is not in the best interests of the game or the players worldwide, who perform so admirably in all formats.
"ICC are angry and disappointed that Mr Marsh chose to notify ICC of this change of direction only at 1.31am UK time on Thursday and then issued their misleading statement at 4.30am on the same day - when all Board members and executives, in London for ICC Annual conference, were asleep. These actions do not reflect the spirit in which ICC and, we believed, FICA entered into what appeared to be meaningful and productive dialogue nor reflect a willingness to work together to provide a satisfactory conclusion to this issue."