FICA head criticizes CWAB after players demand resignation
Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) head Tony Irish has shown support to the movement of the Bangladesh players’ 11-point demand.
Things have gone ugly after Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon expressed his anger over the players in the press conference on Monday. The president is stunned with the players’ sudden strike and not wanting to play until the demands are met.
Meanwhile, though CWAB president Naimur Rahman Durjoy earlier informed that he is ready to resign from his position, he changed his voice after the press conference held by BCB. He also tried to point out some facts when CWAB helped the players in tough situations.
However, FICA head Tony Irish is unimpressed with CWAB’s treatment with the players and released a statement on their official website, stating full support to the players’ movement.
FICA Executive Chairman, Tony Irish’s statement:
“FICA commends the players in Bangladesh for their unity and for taking a stand together in order to secure fair conditions applicable to them as professional cricketers. This has happened despite the challenging environment for players to collectivize in Bangladesh and it is a clear indication of the need for change in the way players are treated in what we regard as an important cricket country.”
“It is also clear to us that the players in Bangladesh don’t feel heard or respected in relation to important issues that affect them in their careers and that affect their livelihoods.”
“It is the role of a players’ association to be the voice, and collective representative, of the players, and it is a matter of concern to us that the Cricketers’ Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) does not appear to be fulfilling this role at a very critical time for the players. It is of further concern that it appears that office bearers of CWAB hold positions with the Bangladesh Cricket Board.”
“Given the collective nature of the issues we believe that it’s important for FICA to offer its support and assistance to the players during this time.”