Cricket players association in India may be a realty in the next few weeks as the Board of Control for Cricket in India has cleared decks for ‘Indian Cricketers Association’.
The body may be named Indian Cricketers Association, which has been referred for registration by BCCI. The body is expected to be in place before the next annual general meeting of the cricket board.
The association initially might not be a member of international players’ association Federation of International Cricketers Association. The name sent for registration is Indian Cricketers’ Association (ICA) but the BCCI needs to check whether the same name is available for registration. It seems that that all decisions regarding the composition of the players’ association will be taken by the steering committee which consists of Kapil Dev, Bharath Reddy, Anshuman Gaekwad and former India women’s team captain Shantha Rangaswamy.
“The work for Indian Cricketers’ Association (ICA) has been sent for registration but first it needs to be checked whether the name is already registered. Once ICA or whatever be the name is registered, the central association will decide on their nominees (men and women) in the apex council,” commitee of administrators chief Vinod Rai has said on Wednesday.
Rai also informed that the central association will have its “State chapters”.
“Just like in BCCI apex council, the State chapter will decide on its representation in the State apex council. We are thankful to Kapil Dev, Bharath Reddy, Anshuman Gaekwad and former India women’s team captain Shantha Rangaswamy for putting in a lot of effort in formation of the association,” Rai said.
But the ICA will not be a part of the FICA like the players associations in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or England. “No, as of now, the BCCI constitution doesn’t have any clause where the ICA can be a part of FICA,” Rai said.
The functioning of ICA will be independent of BCCI’s functioning and the association will have to generate their own funds even though BCCI will provide with some initial grants.
“The BCCI will obviously provide some grant at the onset so that the association can start functioning but ultimately it will be up to the members to start generating funds,” Rai said. It is learnt that former Home secretary Gopal Krishna Pillai and lawyer Nandan Kamath will be helping set up the executive council of the players’ association.