FICA concerned about the future of Pune, Kochi IPL players

Plenty of players expressed their concern to the FICA, Tim May informed AFP

By Amit Kumar Das

New Delhi: Feb 9, 2012

Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) CEO Tim May has expressed concern for the players of the IPL franchise Pune Warriors who have been left with no team to play for after the withdrawl of their owner Sahara India last week.

The former Australian cricketer said “plenty” of players expressed their concern to the FICA as many of them don’t have a team to play for in the fifth edition of the IPL because of the withdrawl of Sahara Group moments before the players’s auction last Saturday.

“We are concerned about the plight of all of the players from the Kochi and Pune teams,” May told PTI in an email interview.

“Players have signed contracts with these franchises for a period of 2 years and the players rightfully expect the franchises (or the IPL) to honor the financial benefits contained within these contracts,” he added.

The fate of the Pune players is hanging in balance even as the two warring bodies — Sahara India and BCCI — are set to meet this weekend to sort out their differences.

Besides pulling out of the IPL, Sahara also snapped its 11-year-old sponsorship deal with the Indian Cricket Team.

A couple of days after Sahara dealt twin blows to BCCI, former IPL chairman Lalit Modi claimed that the 2009 IPL auctions were rigged to enable Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to retain England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff.

Asked if Modi’s claims should be investigated, May said: “Honest and transparent organisations probe claims made against their organizations, if there is nothing to hide I presume that the IPL would have no issue with a proper and transparent investigation into this claim.”

The IPL have been engulfed in controversies related to corruption quite a few times and the FICA CEO said the transparency and accountability of the event was a concern.

“I think it is fair to say there are an increasing number of stakeholders who are concerned about the governance, accountability and transparency of this competition,” he said.

“To beat corruption within the game, we need all stakeholders including the administration to be honest, transparent and strong leaders,” he added. (PTI)