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Players’ group wants active cricketers in Indian association

July 25, 2019
India cricketer Rohit Sharma leaves the team hotel in Manchester city centre, the day after his team stumbled to an 18-run defeat by New Zealand at Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester, England, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
India cricketer Rohit Sharma leaves the team hotel in Manchester city centre, the day after his team stumbled to an 18-run defeat by New Zealand at Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester, England, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

MUMBAI, India (AP) — A group representing international cricketers says it welcomes the formation of the Indian Cricketers’ Association but wants to see current players represented.

Last Tuesday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India approved and recognized the ICA as the official players’ body for former cricketers.

But Tony Irish, the executive chairman of the Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA), said on Thursday that current players should have been included in the ICA.

“The formation and recognition of a collective player representative body in India is a positive development,” Irish said in a statement. “FICA is however concerned that membership of the association appears to be open only to former players, and not current players.

“This is at odds with most other players’ associations around the world ... whose core focus is the collective representation of current players, in addition to offering support and services for former players.”

Irish said that more than 600 current professional players in India will have no representation in the ICA.

“We believe that the global game would benefit significantly from the existence of a genuinely independent and representative voice for the current Indian players,” he said.

Former India captain Kapil Dev, ex-test fast bowler Ajit Agarkar and former India women’s team captain Shanta Rangaswamy are the current directors of the ICA.

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