FICA congratulates Australia and urges ICC to maintain a global view

31 Mar 2015

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The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) have congratulated the Australian cricket team on winning the ICC Cricket World Cup.

"On behalf of all of the world's cricketers that we represent I would like to congratulate Michael Clarke and Australia on their success in this World Cup. It was also a fitting way for Michael to end his ODI career" said Tony Irish, FICA's Executive Chairman.

"I would also like to thank the players from all countries who participated in this event and the hundreds of thousands of people who turned out to create fantastic atmospheres in which the players performed. This World Cup has heralded a new and bolder brand of cricket that most international teams are now playing. It has been a very successful event and I think the ICC and the organisers in Australia and New Zealand deserve credit for that. There is a huge amount of work that is done for many months to make an event like this successful."

"Obvious key indicators of the success include competitive and entertaining matches, numbers of broadcast viewers, big crowds at stadia, effective use of the smaller stadia and very engaged local populations in both Australia and New Zealand. Again on behalf of the players I would like to thank the fans, the ICC, their commercial partners, the match officials and the organising committees for their efforts."

"Special mention should also be made of the Associate countries and their players. The World Cup is their chance to demonstrate their right to play on the biggest stage. We urge the ICC to maintain a global view on the game. The Associates and their players should have the opportunity to participate in World Cups on a merit basis. This is not just about them being there but also about having the chance to play bigger countries in between World Cups so that the event itself is given the best chance of having closely contested matches. It's important for the world game that aspiring nations and players are able to see a clear upward pathway of opportunity ahead of them. The World Cup is the pinnacle of limited overs cricket and it's the highlight in the careers of many players."