FICA lauds decision of granting full membership to Afghanistan and Ireland
Afghanistan and Ireland have recently gained full-member status from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Published - Jun 27, 2017 4:40 pm | Updated - Jun 27, 2017 4:40 pm
Afghanistan and Ireland have recently gained full-member status from the International Cricket Council (ICC). The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) has extended their best wishes towards the two teams. The decision was taken by the ICC at its London Annual General Meeting on the 22nd of June.
FICA welcomed Afghanistan and Ireland as the 11th and 12th Test playing nations respectively, into the cricketing world. The two nations had earlier applied to the ICC to have their Associate memberships upgraded and their application was met with a favourable outcome.
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Extending a warm hand of camaraderie, FICA Executive Chairman, Tony Irish said, “The promotion of Ireland and Afghanistan to full member status is welcomed by FICA and we look forward to more countries being able to take this step in the future as one aspect of the global expansion of the game.”
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Keeping in sync with the efforts of the ICC to dissolve the ‘Big Three‘ fund distribution scheme, Irish said, “It is hoped that the fairer distribution of financial resources across the game will now be utilised in each country in such a way that it maintains the playing strength of that country.” He also expressed his hopes towards prioritisation of the game of cricket at the global level, rather than being restrained to domestic interests.
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