Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Jimmy adams is president

Following the 2008 Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA), Annual General Meeting, held in Austin, Texas, FICA today confirmed the appointment of former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams as FICA President for the next two years.

Adams succeeds former South Africa great Barry Richards, who has served as FICA president since the inception of FICA in 1999.

Adams brings a wealth of experience to the position, having played 54 Tests and 127 ODI’s for the West Indies, between 1992 and 2001, in addition to representing Jamaica, Orange Free State and Nottinghamshire in first-class cricket.

“Cricket is both at an uncertain but exciting time, with the advent of Twenty 20 and the formation of a number of a new competitions such as Stanford Twenty 20, Indian Premier League and the Indian Cricket League,” Adams said

“It is important that the games’ governors, together with the players map out a mutually beneficial road map as we enter this exciting era.

“I look forward to my association with FICA and serving the interests of the players worldwide.”

FICA CEO Tim May paid tribute to Richards’ efforts: "Barry has made a significant contribution to the player cause across the world for an extended period - Barry’s wise counsel and knowledge of cricket matters will be missed and I am sure that I represent the voice of players from across the world when I thank Barry for his tireless and passionate contribution to FICA.

“We believe that Barry’s successor Jimmy has similar qualities and will provide a significant asset to FICA and international players.

“Jimmy not only represented the West Indies with passion and distinction throughout his career but is also held in the highest regard across the cricketing fraternity.

“We are excited and proud that Jimmy has accepted our invitation to lead FICA and I am sure that Jimmy’s term will be both successful and rewarding for FICA and its associated members,” May said.

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