Lisa Sthalekar Named as First Female President of FICA

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Lisa Sthalekar
Lisa Sthalekar(Image: Cricket Australia)

Former Australia cricketer Lisa Sthalekar has become the first female president of FICA – the sport’s international player’s association.

Lisa Sthalekar Appointed as First Female President of FICA

Sthalekar joins a shortlist of former cricketers including Barry Richards, Jimmy Adams, and Vikram Solanki to have held the post of FICA president.

“I’m extremely honoured and excited to be FICA’s new president,” she said. “We are entering a new phase of the game which covers more cricket than ever before for our male and female players. More countries are playing the game which demonstrates that cricket is certainly becoming a global game.

“I look forward to working on behalf of our member players’ associations and players, and in particular to working with the ICC to ensure that all players have their rights protected and can work in partnership with administrators to make our game even better.”

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Sthalekar made her debut for New South Wales towards the end of the 1997–98 season, against Queensland. She was the first woman to score 1,000 runs and take 100 wickets in ODIs. She announced her retirement from international cricket a day after the Australian team won the 2013 Women’s Cricket World Cup.

Commenting on the appointment, FICA’s executive chairman Heath Mills added: “Lisa was clearly the best candidate and her credentials are unparalleled as both a former player and broadcaster.

“Her previous roles as an independent director of FICA and on the board of the Australian Cricketers’ Association demonstrate her long standing commitment to the players’ association movement and advancing player rights.”

Lisa Sthalekar has featured in 8 Tests, 125 ODIs, and 54 T20Is and scored 416 runs, 2728 runs, and 769 runs respectively. Sthalekar has also bagged 229 across all three formats.