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Fica lends support to Bangladesh cricketers, to review CWAB’s current membership

  • Published at 02:18 pm October 22nd, 2019
File photo: Bangladesh players announcing their 11-point demand at an impromptu press conference in Mirpur Dhaka Tribune

Fica Tuesday through a media release declared solidarity with the Bangladesh national and first-class domestic cricketers who have raised their voice for a better domestic cricket and payment structure

The Federation of International Cricketers’ Association has come in support of the top Bangladesh cricketers who have called a strike, putting forth an 11-point demand to the Bangladesh Cricket Board. 

Fica Tuesday through a media release declared solidarity with the Bangladesh national and first-class domestic cricketers who have raised their voice for a better domestic cricket and payment structure.

Fica, the global cricketers’ representative body protecting and promoting the interests of professional cricketers around the world, also said the body will review Cricketers’ Welfare Association Bangladesh’s current membership with Fica. 

The Bangladesh cricketers, in their first demand, had demanded a new executive body of CWAB.

“Fica commends the players in Bangladesh for their unity and for taking a stand together in order to secure fair conditions applicable to them as professional cricketers. This has happened despite the challenging environment for players to collectivize in Bangladesh and it is a clear indication of the need for change in the way players are treated in what we regard as an important cricket country,” said Fica executive chairman, Tony Irish in a media release.

The media release also read that Fica, in its annual meeting held in London earlier this month, discussed and approved amendments to Fica's membership and minimum standards framework. 

It was resolved that the new framework should focus on ensuring that member players’ associations are both genuinely representative of current players and clearly independent from relevant governing bodies. 

In a follow up to these changes, Fica intends to review CWAB’s current membership of Fica.

“It is also clear to us that the players in Bangladesh don’t feel heard or respected in relation to important issues that affect them in their careers and that affect their livelihood. It is the role of a players’ association to be the voice, and collective representative, of the players, and it is a matter of concern to us that the CWAB does not appear to be fulfilling this role at a very critical time for the players. It is of further concern that it appears that office bearers of CWAB hold positions within the BCB. Given the collective nature of the issues we believe that it’s important for Fica to offer its support and assistance to the players during this time,” Irish added.

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