Lisa Sthalekar named Federation of International Cricketers’ Association president

Lisa Sthalekar has develop into the primary lady to be appointed president of the Federation of Worldwide Cricketers’ Affiliation (FICA).

The previous Australia captain was confirmed on the FICA Govt Committee assembly held in Nyon, Switzerland. She is going to take up a place that has beforehand been held by former South Africa batter Barry Richards, former West Indies allrounder Jimmy Adams, and most not too long ago by former England batter Vikram Solanki.

Sthalekar, 42, represented Australia in 187 worldwide matches, and performed a key position within the group’s victory throughout the 2010 T20 World Cup ultimate, serving to them defend 106 in opposition to New Zealand. Sthalekar additionally acquired the celebrated Belinda Clarke award, given to Australia’s greatest ladies’s worldwide participant, in each 2007 and 2008.

“I am extraordinarily honoured and excited to be FICA’s new president,” she mentioned. “We’re getting into a brand new part of the sport which covers extra cricket than ever earlier than for our female and male gamers. Extra nations are enjoying the sport which demonstrates that cricket is definitely changing into a worldwide sport.

“I look ahead to engaged on behalf of our member gamers’ associations and gamers, and specifically to working with the ICC to make sure that all gamers have their rights protected and may work in partnership with directors to make our sport even higher.”

Sthalekar made her debut as a hard-hitting batter for Australia in 2001. She was at her greatest in ODIs, scoring 2728 runs in 125 video games with two centuries and 16 fifties. Her offspin was a extremely efficient weapon as properly, a lot in order that she nonetheless stays among the many prime 10 wicket-takers in 50-overs cricket.
Sthalekar ended her profession in 2013 as a World Cup winner, choosing up 2 for 20 within the ultimate in opposition to West Indies. In 2021, she grew to become solely the fourth lady to be inducted into the Australian cricket Corridor of Fame. A well-known voice within the commentary circuit, she additionally has prior expertise within the subject of participant welfare, having labored extensively with the Australian Cricketers’ Affiliation.

“Lisa was clearly one of the best candidate and her credentials are unparalleled as each a former participant and broadcaster,” FICA’s govt chairman Heath Mills mentioned.

“Her earlier roles as an unbiased director of FICA and on the board of the Australian Cricketers’ Affiliation display her lengthy standing dedication to the gamers’ affiliation motion and advancing participant rights.”

The Govt Committee assembly was held forward of the FICA and World Gamers’ Affiliation Participant Growth Conferences, and was the primary in-person assembly of the group for the reason that begin of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Govt Committee mentioned quite a lot of vital points for gamers and the sport on the world degree, together with receiving shows from the WPA’s govt director Brendan Schwab and ICC CEO Geoff Allardice.

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