Fica distances itself from Zvimba ouster

HARARE – Federation of International Cricketers Association (Fica) executive chairman Tony Irish says the organisation is “extremely unhappy” with allegations of an “unholy alliance” between Fica and the Zimbabwe Professional Cricketers Association (ZPCA).

Irish made the remarks following the recent dismissal of ZPCA chief executive Eliah Zvimba, which has sparked off debate with reports suggesting senior players have been left divided over Zvimba’s ouster. 

Prior to his dismissal, Zvimba had fought running battles with Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) over his firm stance on player welfare issues, and Irish believes the Harare lawyer suffered the consequences.

“At this state I cannot name individuals, but there is strong speculation that persons outside the players association have engineered the termination of Mr Zvimba using certain players in the process,” Irish said.

“Fica has already taken up its concerns directly with ZPCA and has let its players executive committee know what we think the repercussions of this are. What has happened is bad news for the vast majority of Zimbabwe’s cricketers who are members of ZPCA.”

Irish, who is also the chief executive of the South African Cricketers’ Association, added:

“Fica’s relationship with ZPCA and the Zimbabwean players has been affected by this. It will be largely up to the players in Zimbabwe to now address what had happened and demonstrate that they actually want to be part of the world players’ federation. Fica and players associations all over the world are effective in looking after the interests of players and creating secure and sustainable player contract system where players are united and prepared to stand together to make things better for all. If there are divisions and players undermine the collective then one can never hope to put in place a professional contract system for players which will enable Zimbabwe to have vibrant franchise teams and competitive international team.” – Agencies

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