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Marsh will effectively become the face of the organisation
Following Tim May’s resignation as chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA), Paul Marsh and Ian Smith have been chosen to run the organisation.
Marsh has been elected to the position of executive chairman and will take up his duties effective immediately while also holding on to his existing role as chief executive of the Australian Cricketers’ Association.
Meanwhile, Smith has been handed the position of chief operating officer.
Smith has been dealing with FICA and May on and off ever since he became the legal director of the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) in 2004.
Smith will now be responsible for the day-to-day management of FICA, which represents seven different cricketers’ associations, while Marsh will be in charge of the overall performance of the organisation.
“The FICA board is excited by the appointments of both Paul Marsh and Ian Smith,” FICA president, Jimmy Adams, said. “Paul has been at the forefront of player advocacy for 12 years at the ACA, the past eight as CEO. He has proven to be a strong, respected and passionate leader who has also contributed enormously as a member of the FICA board.
“Ian has demonstrated his dedication, expertise and passion throughout his time with the PCA and FICA and along with Paul, will ensure our member associations and their players continue to be represented in a strong, unified and tireless manner.”
There will be a lot of pressure on Smith and Marsh to replicate what May did for FICA and its members during his eight-year tenure as chief executive.
May resigned from his post after saying that he was “tiring of working in a sport that was increasingly at odds with the principles I respect”.
“The contribution of Tim May to FICA and cricketers worldwide has been enormous and in many respects he is irreplaceable,” Adams said. “Our game continues to throw up issues of great complexity, and strong player representation through FICA and the individual player associations has never been more important. FICA is committed to continuing Tim’s wonderful legacy by ensuring that the voices of the players always be heard.”