FICA encouraged by security provisions in Independence Cup

ISLAMABAD: The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) is encouraged by the successful delivery of security provisions in the Independence Cup between World XI and Pakistan in Lahore.

This was discussed in its Annual Meetings held at Lord’s and the Oval in London between September 25 to 27, said a press release issued here.

The player safety and security was discussed at length, including a presentation by Reg Dickason, FICA’s security consultant, specifically in relation to the recent World XI tour to Lahore, Pakistan.

Whilst FICA was encouraged by the successful delivery of the security provisions in Lahore, the Board remains clear that every future tour to any country considered by independent security advice to be high risk needs to be separately assessed using a consistent assessment of that risk, of security plans and of implementation of those plans.

Specifically this process should be applied to the proposed Sri Lankan and West Indies tours of Pakistan and firm commitments should be in place to ensure the same level of security provision seen during the World XI tour is afforded to any touring teams.

Commenting on the outcomes of the meeting, Tony Irish, FICA Executive Chairman, said 2017 is a year of accelerating change in the game as we continue to witness the growth of Twenty20 cricket.

“As the global players body we are looking closely at how this affects the player labour market and the decisions that are being made by players about what cricket they are choosing to play, now and in the future,” he said.

He said cricket will need to be very deliberate if it is to ensure a healthy balance between traditional international cricket and the new T20 leagues. “Both are important for the future of the game,” he said.

The meetings also covered a wide range of other issues that globally impact cricketers, both male and female, and the game around the world. The meeting was attended by FICA President, Vikram Solanki, and its Board. FICA also welcomed Irish and Scottish Cricketers’ Associations as new members at its meeting.