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Fica expresses disappointment

Calcutta: The Federation of International Cricketers Association (Fica), on Friday, expressed its disappointment with Narayanswamy Srinivasan’s appointment to the post of International Cricket Council’s chairman.

In a media release, Fica, while announcing its new leadership structure following the recent resignation of executive chairman Paul Marsh, said the world body should have waited for the allegations surrounding Srinivasan to be resolved before making him chairman of its board.

Fica’s outgoing president Marsh said in a statement: “We’ve seen in recent days significant changes at ICC level, which represent a new era in terms of the administration and leadership of world cricket,” Marsh said.

“Fica’s position on this is well known. Our strong preference was for the controversy involving Mr Srinivasan in India to be resolved before the ICC made a decision on the chairmanship.

“While it’s disappointing that this did not occur, we can’t let this distract Fica from its responsibility of helping shape cricket’s future.”

Srinivasan was formally anointed ICC chairman after the world body’s council agreed to a contentious revamp of the administrative structure which vested executive decision-making authority with India, England and Australia.