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Lisa Sthalekar becomes first female president of FICA

Lisa Sthalekar becomes first female president of FICA

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Former Australia cricketer Lisa Sthalekar has become the first female president of FICA, the sport's international player's association, reports cricbuzz.

Her appointment was made at a meeting of the organisation's executive committee in Switzerland, the first in-person meeting since the start of the Covid pandemic.

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."

Sthalekar played eight Tests, 125 ODIs and 54 T20Is for Australia between 2001 and 2013, finishing her career with a World Cup win. Last year, she was inducted into the Australian cricket hall of fame and has been a regular member of the broadcasting media around the world.

She has also worked with the Australian Cricketers' Association and has experience in player welfare.