Lisa Sthalekar becomes President of Federation of International Cricketers Association
Nyon, 21 June (H.S.). Former Australian cricketer Lisa Sthalekar has been appointed as the President of Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA). FICA announced Lisa as president at its executive committee meeting held in Nyon. With this, Lisa has become the first woman cricketer to become the president.
In an official statement, FICA said, “At this week’s FICA Executive Committee meeting in Nyon, Switzerland, Lisa Sthalekar was appointed President of FICA. Lisa now joins the list of players, including Barry Richards, Jimmy Adams and most recently Vikram Solanki, who have been presidents since its formation.
FICA Acting President Heath Mills said, “After consultation with our members, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa as our first female President. Lisa was clearly the best candidate and her credentials are unparalleled as both a former player and broadcaster. We would like to thank our outgoing President, Vikram Solanki, for making us a significant contribution to the development of FICA during his tenure.”
He added, “We would also like to thank ICC CEO Geoff Allardyce, who embarked on the journey to meet us and discuss issues in global sport and the ICC’s relationship with players. Clearly players’ participation is critical to the success of ICC events and the global sport as a whole.”
At the same time, on being appointed President, Lisa said, “I am extremely honored and excited to be the new President of FICA. We are entering a new phase of the game that includes more cricket than ever before for our men and women players. More countries are playing the game which shows that cricket is definitely becoming a global sport. I look forward to working on behalf of our member players’ associations and players.”