FICA endorses IPL Players' Contract

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Mumbai, Feb 14 (UNI) The Indian Premier League (IPL) received a shot in the arm with the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) Chief Executive Tim May recommending to the players that they can enter the long form Player Contract with the IPL.

''I can confirm that I am now satisfied in principle with the form of the IPL Player Contract. I am waiting to see a copy of the final draft of the agreement, following which I anticipate recommending to our members that the agreement is satisfactory for players to enter,'' Mr May said in a release.

He, however, added, ''Given the nature of this venture, there will remain some issues that certain players will still need to resolve with their national boards.'' FICA was established in 1998 to co-ordinate the activities of all national players' associations that protect the interests of professional cricketers throughout the world. Its member associations include - Australian Cricketers' Association, Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh, New Zealand Cricket Players' Association, Professional Cricketers' Association (UK), South African Cricketers' Association, Sri Lankan Cricketers' Association, Zimbabwean Players Association and West Indies Players' Association.

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