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Solanki has previously served a stint as the president of Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA). © Getty
The Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA) has announced the appointment of former England batsman Vikram Solanki as its new president. Solanki will replace former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams, who quit the job to take up the role of ‘Director of Cricket’ with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
Solanki had a mixed international record for England but comes in with plenty of experience at the domestic level, having represented Worcestershire in over 800 matches across different formats of the game (first-class, List A and T20s). Holder of a degree in Law, Solanki is currently employed with Surrey cricket as their assistant coach and has previously served a stint as the president of the United Kingdom (UK) based Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA).
“I am privileged to accept the position as FICA President and look forward to having a hands on contribution to the organisation and to the player cause around the world. It is an important time for cricket, for FICA and for the players it represents,” Solanki said.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to be a part of ensuring that the players’ voices are heard and that they are involved in shaping the future of the global game,” the 40-year old added.
Adams, who quit his role in favour of a position with the West Indies said he was proud of the way FICA had responded as a ‘global voice’ of the players. “It has been an honour to be a part of FICA over a number of years. I am proud of the work FICA does and the direction it is going. It is critical that players have a global voice and FICA will continue to be that voice in the future,” he said.
FICA Executive Chairman Tony Irish commended Adams for being a model professional and hoped that Solanki would bring in much-needed experience to the organisation which represents cricketers across the globe. “The FICA Board wishes Jimmy Adams all the best in his new role and thanks him for the significant contribution he has made to FICA during his tenure,” Irish said.
“We are happy to have secured Vikram Solanki as our new President. Vikram’s background as both an international player and as a player advocate will be a big asset to FICA. His appointment will complement the appointments of Lisa Sthalekar and Graeme Smith as Independent Board Members in 2016, ensuring we have an experienced Board which oversees our representation of players around the world,” he added.