ICC “haven’t been interested in working with us on a fair outcome,” says players’ body chief executive.
The Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA) has begun legal proceedings against the ICC, claiming that the latter’s use of player image rights is not fair. That has looked the likely outcome of the dispute for some time now, after year-long discussions failed to bring resolution.
“We have done our best over more than a year to try to resolve these issues in a constructive way with the ICC and they haven’t been interested in working with us on a fair outcome,” Tom Moffat, chief executive of the global players’ body, said. “We have discussed this with the international players from the FICA countries over a number of months and we have had no option but to commence legal proceedings on these points given there are significant principles of fairness at stake.”
All countries sign squad terms at the start of a rights cycle with the ICC (in this case, 2015 to 2023) and the squad terms are negotiated with FICA to set out what player rights can and can’t be used for ICC events. According to Moffat, players allow the ICC “limited rights” to use their attributes or images in “certain ways” for a “short period” before, during and after an ICC event.
Not all countries are members of FICA – most notably India and Pakistan – but the dispute centres on three commercial deals the ICC has signed where FICA argues the global governing body is using rights it is not entitled to. The ICC disagrees, claiming those rights as part of terms negotiated with FICA.