Lisa Sthalekar named Federation of International Cricketers’ Association FICA president

Lisa Sthalekar has develop into the primary girl to be appointed president of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA).

The former Australia captain was once showed on the FICA Executive Committee assembly held in Nyon, Switzerland. She will take in a place that has up to now been held through former South Africa batter Barry Richards, former West Indies allrounder Jimmy Adams, and maximum lately through former England batter Vikram Solanki.

Sthalekar, 42, represented Australia in 187 global suits, and performed a key function within the crew’s victory right through the 2010 T20 World Cup ultimate, serving to them protect 106 towards New Zealand. Sthalekar additionally won the celebrated Belinda Clarke award, given to Australia’s easiest ladies’s global participant, in each 2007 and 2008.

“I’m extraordinarily honoured and excited to be FICA’s new president,” she mentioned. “We are getting into a brand new segment of the sport which covers extra cricket than ever prior to for our female and male avid gamers. More nations are taking part in the sport which demonstrates that cricket is surely turning into a world sport.

“I sit up for running on behalf of our member avid gamers’ associations and avid gamers, and specifically to running with the ICC to be sure that all avid gamers have their rights safe and will paintings 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 once at her easiest in ODIs, scoring 2728 runs in 125 video games with two centuries and 16 fifties. Her offspin was once a extremely efficient weapon as neatly, such a lot in order that she nonetheless stays amongst the highest 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 towards West Indies. In 2021, she become best the fourth girl to be inducted into the Australian cricket Hall of Fame. A well-known voice within the observation circuit, she additionally has prior revel in within the box of participant welfare, having labored broadly with the Australian Cricketers’ Association.

“Lisa was once obviously the most productive candidate and her credentials are exceptional as each a former participant and broadcaster,” FICA’s government chairman Heath Mills mentioned.

“Her earlier roles as an impartial director of FICA and at the board of the Australian Cricketers’ Association show her lengthy status dedication to the avid gamers’ affiliation motion and advancing participant rights.”

The Executive Committee assembly was once held forward of the FICA and World Players’ Association Player Development Conferences, and was once the primary in-person assembly of the crowd because the get started of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Executive Committee mentioned quite a few vital problems for avid gamers and the sport on the world stage, together with receiving shows from the WPA’s government director Brendan Schwab and ICC CEO Geoff Allardice.

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