Former Australian player Lisa Sthalekar gets named as the president of FICA (Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations).She becomes the first female cricketer to be named and while doing so joins list of former peers with the likes of Jimmy Adams, Barry Richards and Vikram Solanki. The decision was taken between an executive committee held at Nyon, Switzerland this week.
The executive committee meeting which was held for the time first in person after the pandemic. According to a statement made by the chairman Heath Mills,
“After consultation with our members, we are delighted to announce Lisa’s appointment as FICA’s president, our first female president. Lisa was clearly the best candidate and her credentials are unparalleled as a former player & broadcaster”
“Taking the event of her getting selected, Sthalekar said, we are entering a new phase of the game which covers more cricket than ever before for our male and female players. More countries are playing the game which demonstrates that cricket is certainly becoming a global game. I look forward to working on behalf of our member players associations and players, and in particular to working with the ICC to ensure that all players have their rights protected and can work in partnership with administrators to make our game even better”
Why was Sthalekar chosen for this post?
Sthalekar was best suited for the position as he had an illustrious history of representing the women Aussies in 187 matches (international), that too in all three formats of the game. Being part of the four world cups, no time could have been the best than the time Sthalekar chose to announce her retirement, which is first being of an Indian origin first and secondly Mumbai winning the 2013 world cup (ODI).
Some fewer known facts about Lisa Sthalekar are;
- Her birth name was Laila which was renamed by her step-parents as Lisa.
- She was born on August 13th, 1979 in Pune, Maharashtra, India from Indian parents however, later she was adopted by Haren and Sue Sthalekar who lived in Australia.
- It was her father Haren who introduced her to cricket while she knew very little about the game.
- Being an acclaimed allrounder, Sthalekar was the first cricketer to complete the double of 1000O ODI runs and taking 100 wickets.
- She was part of 4 winning world cup tournaments which is at the ODI 2005, 2013 as well as in the T20I 2010 and 2012.
- Sthalekar has also won the ICC women player of the year award two consecutive time (2007 & 2008)
- She took retirement from all forms of cricket after winning the ODI world cup title in 2013