PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (WIPA) — Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) Executive Chairman Paul Marsh today issued the following statement in response to the ICC Board decision to approve changes to its governance, competition and financial models:
“This is a very sad day for our game,” Marsh said.
“Whilst unfortunately the final outcome had an air of inevitability about it once the process became clear, it again highlights how poorly our game is governed.
“Of extreme concern to all involved in FICA is the fact that so many key stakeholders in the game condemned the proposed changes, including players past and present; former ICC office bearers; Transparency International – the body set up to fight global corruption; Lord Woolf – the man responsible for independently reviewing the ICC’s governance; numerous media commentators as well as cricket fans worldwide, yet the ICC Board still approved these changes.
“This should be an indicator to the future for all of us, where self-interest and short-term deal making will override the long-term health of the game and views of its key stakeholders.
“FICA and its members will continue to oppose these changes in the interests of the game’s future,” Marsh concluded.