Sthalekar played 8 tests, 125 ODIs and 54 T20Is for Australia between 2001 and 2013 © Getty
Former Australian cricketer Lisa Sthalekar is the first female president of FICA, the sport’s international players’ association. Her nomination was made at a meeting of the organization’s executive committee in Switzerland, the first face-to-face meeting since the start of the Covid pandemic.
Sthalekar joins a shortlist of former cricketers including Barry Richards, Jimmy Adams and Vikram Solanki who have held the position of FICA president.
“I am very honored and excited to be the new president of FICA,” she said. “We are entering a new phase of the game that includes more cricket than ever before for our male and female players. More countries are playing the game, showing that cricket is definitely becoming a global game.
“I look forward to working on behalf of our member players’ associations and players, and in particular working with the ICC to ensure that all players have their rights protected and can work with administrators to make our game even better .”
Sthalekar played 8 Tests, 125 ODIs and 54 T20Is for Australia between 2001 and 2013, finishing her career with a World Cup win. Last year she was inducted into the Australian cricket hall of fame and is a regular member of the broadcasting media around the world. She has also worked with the Australian Cricketers’ Association and has experience in player welfare.
Commenting on the nomination, FICA’s Executive Chairman Heath Mills added: “Lisa was clearly the best candidate and her credentials are unmatched as both a former player and presenter.
“Her past roles as an independent director of FICA and on the board of the Australian Cricketers’ Association demonstrate her longstanding commitment to the movement of players’ associations and advancing players’ rights.”