The Federation of International Cricketers Association report on men players’ employment worldwide has revealed a worrying trend for the sport. The players are preferring the cash-rich T20 leagues over the pride of playing for their national cricket teams.
FICA has released its first-ever report on professional men’s cricket – FICA Men’s Professional Cricket Global Employment Report 2017: THE SHIFTING LANDSCAPE.
The Employment Report, covering the 2016-17 period for men cricketers’ employment, is based on analysis of significant statistical data research, including quantitative and qualitative surveying of more than 300 current professional and international players from all nine FICA member countries.
Tony Irish, Executive Chairman of FICA said, “players are at the forefront of the future success of the game and, in addition to its obligation to safeguard and protect their career paths and fundamental employment rights, FICA has an obligation to the future health and success of the global game.
“FICA’s Employment Report 2017 highlights key issues for players and their careers in both the different employment markets and in the different cricket countries. Many of these issues and many of the decisions made by players are key driving factors of the direction in which the game is moving. Addressing them coherently requires both global and local domestic action.”
Vikram Solanki, FICA President said, “FICA continues to closely monitor changes in the game and in particular the player employment market. The landscape is shifting fast, and the players will continue to be at the forefront of this. Players’ rights need to be protected and their views and decisions should be central to the game’s decision makers”
The Employment Report is the first of its kind in cricket and follows FICA’s International Cricket Structural Review from 2016. The Employment Report focuses on the shifting employment landscape for players globally, as a key cause for, and effect of, change in the game, and also analyses player employment at individual country by country level across major cricketing countries and those with players’ associations.
The Report provides further evidence of significant issues for players and the game raised by FICA previously and acts as a benchmark against which FICA will continue to measure the shifting of the game’s professional player landscape and important employment issues.
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FICA’s Women’s Global Employment Report 2017 is currently being finalized and will be released in the coming months.
Meanwhile, the influence of cash-rich T20 leagues have also left the cricket administrators worried over the players’ trend of preferring lucrative commercial contracts over national duties and national competitions.
In England, Surrey Director of Cricket Alec Stewart has asked for a cut-off date for the county players to join the Indian Premier League. The English County has lost seamer Tom Curran to the IPL just a few days for the start of the English County Championship campaign.
Curran, unsold during the IPL player auction for Season 2018, was in the IPL Unsold and Available Players list. Earlier, this month Kolkata Knight Riders had hired him in a $2,47,000 (₹ 1.6 crores approximately) for injured Aussie seamer Mitchell Starc.
ESPNCricinfo has quoted Stewart as saying that “I hope in time this will be looked at. I fully understand players wanting to be part of it (IPL) because it is good competition and helps your bank balance. The problem is when you get the phone calls that I got from Tom, and Martyn Moxon (Yorkshire director of cricket) got from (David) Willey and (Liam) Plunket, your planning goes out of the window.”