Cricket - FICA hits back in ICC row

Another strongly-worded statement from the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations has continued the feud between the players' union and the world governing body.

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Cricket - FICA hits back in ICC row

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FICA issused another statement on Friday morning

On Thursday evening, the International Cricket Council refuted FICA claims it had failed to act on concerns over the legitimacy of a vote for player representatives on its cricket committee. But FICA executive chairman Paul Marsh was in no mood to let things lie on Friday morning.

"The ICC's media release is a disappointing attempt to deflect attention from the real issue here," he said. "The clear facts of this matter are that FICA has evidence that boards pressured captains into changing their votes in the process of electing the players' representative to the ICC cricket committee. We believe this is a clear breach of the ICC's own code of ethics."

He continued: "We asked the ICC to follow their own processes and independently investigate this matter more than six weeks ago. They have refused to do this and instead have tried to get FICA to accept a compromised approach that would ensure this matter isn't independently investigated by the ethics officer. We have refused this approach, based on principle."

Marsh added: "Given that the ICC won't refer this matter to the ethics officer, FICA is now trying to do so directly. While the ICC have expressed anger and disappointment at what they perceive to be a 'confrontational' approach from FICA, we are simply trying to do what the ICC is obligated to do themselves. If the ICC is confident that its directors have acted in a manner that is in accordance with their own code of ethics, then they should have no concerns with allowing this investigation to run its course."

The ICC reacted angrily to Marsh's initial statement with one of its own on Thursday, which read: "A statement issued by the FICA executive chairman Paul Marsh alleges that there has been 'no action for six weeks' on the FICA complaint about the vote for players' representatives on the ICC cricket committee. Given this untrue statement, the ICC has no alternative but to refute angrily this argument and state the true facts.

"The facts of this matter are clear. Following several weeks of communications and discussions between ICC executives and FICA, on Tuesday June 25 2013 senior ICC executives and leading board members from ICC full and non-full member countries met with Ian Smith, the FICA chief operating officer, in London with a view to resolving the issues which had been raised by FICA.

"It was mutually agreed with the FICA representative that major progress had been made to resolve any perceived deficiencies in the ICC cricket committee election system - and we believed that, at the end of the meeting, we were close to reaching an outcome that was acceptable to the players and their representatives.

"Sadly, within no more than 48 hours of those constructive talks - without reverting to the ICC - FICA's executive chairman chose to issue an emotive press release, which we believe was a breach of trust of the processes and protocols agreed at the London discussions. We also believe that this confrontational approach is not in the best interests of the game or the players worldwide, who perform so admirably in all formats."

After the vote by the 10 full-member captains last month, FICA's former chief executive Tim May lost his place on the ICC's cricket committee - with Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, a former India spinner currently employed as a television commentator, voted in.

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