Legendary Australian cricketer Lisa Shalekar has become the first female president of the International Federation of Cricketers’ Associations (FICA).
The 42-year-old former Australia captain was confirmed in his role at the FICA Executive Committee meeting held in Nyon, Switzerland.
She will fill a position previously held by former South African striker Barry Richards, former West Indies all-rounder Jimmy Adams and, more recently, former England striker Vikram Solanki.
“Lisa Shalekar was confirmed as President of FICA at the FICA Executive Committee meeting held this week in Nyon, Switzerland,” FICA said in a statement.
The executive committee meeting was held ahead of the FICA and World Association of Players player development conferences and was the group’s first in-person meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic.
“After consultation with our members, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Lisa as President of FICA, our first female President. Lisa was clearly the best candidate and her credentials are unrivalled as a former player and broadcaster” , said FICA Executive Chairman Heath Mills.
Shalekar, for his part, said: “We are entering a new phase of the game which covers more cricket than ever before for our male and female players. More and more countries are playing the game, demonstrating that cricket is definitely becoming a global game.
“I look forward to working on behalf of our member players’ associations and our players, and in particular working with the ICC to ensure that all players have their rights protected and can work in partnership with administrators to make our even better game.”
Shalekar represented Australia in 187 international matches across all three formats and was part of the Australian squads that won the ODI World Cups in 2005 and 2013 and the T20 World Cups in 2010 and 2012.
She retired from the game following Australia’s 2013 ODI World Cup triumph in Mumbai after making her debut as a hard hitting hitter in 2003.
She was at her best in the ODIs, scoring 2728 points in 125 games with two centuries and 16 fifties. His off-spin was also a very effective weapon. She still remains among the top 10 wicket takers in 50 over cricket.
She was the first woman to score 1000 runs and take 100 wickets in ODI cricket. She has also played eight Tests and 54 T20 international matches.
In 2021, she became just the fourth woman to be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.
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