The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) today lauded the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on the signing of their collective bargaining agreement on Thursday.
“Collective bargaining agreements such as this, which bring security and consistency to player arrangements, are critical in dealing with the growing challenge of player free agency”, said FICA Executive Chairman, Tony Irish.
“More and more we are going to see the risks of players considering prioritisation of participation in T20 Leagues ahead of playing cricket for their countries. When one understands that the majority of revenue in just about every country is generated by the country’s national team then it becomes easy to also understand why it is so important to ensure that a country retains not only its top players but also the pipeline of players leading to the top.
“One of the most effective ways that a country can do this is to put in place overarching, clear and consistent player arrangements. This arrangements cover player numbers, standard contract provisions, fair conditions for the release of players to play in other events, professional employment benefits, commercial rights provisions and player welfare and education opportunities. Players will in general feel more secure in a properly regulated professional environment than in one where there is no proper regulation.
“WIPA and WICB have had a difficult relationship historically but they should be commended in having now come together to create a more attractive player environment that can only be good for West Indies Cricket,” Irish said.