Shalekar at the head of the international association of cricketers
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Former Australia international Lisa Shalekar is the first woman appointed president of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations.
Shalekar, who played for Australia’s women’s team from 2001 to 2013 before becoming a television commentator, has replaced Vikram Solanki as president, FICA announced on Tuesday.
“We are entering a new phase of the game which covers more cricket than ever before for our male and female players,” Shalekar, 42, said in a statement. “More countries are playing the game, which demonstrates that cricket is definitely becoming a global game.
“I look forward to working on behalf of our member players’ associations and our players, and in particular working with the ICC to ensure that all players have their rights protected and can work in partnership with administrators to make our even better game.”
South African cricketer great Barry Richards is among the notable past presidents of FICA, which was founded in 1988.
FICA Executive Chairman Heath Mills said Shalekar’s previous roles as a board member of the Australian Cricketers Association and as an independent director of FICA showed her “commitment to long-standing commitment to the players’ association movement and the promotion of players’ rights”.
“Lisa was clearly the best candidate and her credentials are second to none as a former player and host,” Mills said.
More AP cricket: https://apnews.com/hub/cricket and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports