Melbourne: The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) on Thursday unveiled a new leadership structure after the resignation of its long-serving CEO Tim May by making Paul Marsh the Executive Chairman of the body.
FICA President Jimmy Adams said Marsh was elected as Executive Chairman by Chief Executives of the individual player associations, with Ian Smith as Chief Operating Officer.
"Mr. Marsh is the current Chief Executive of the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA), and will continue to operate in this capacity alongside his new role, which will involve him being accountable for FICA's performance and being the organisation's main spokesperson," FICA said in a statement.
Smith has been the Legal Director of the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) since 2004 and has assisted May at FICA for the last few years. He will be responsible for the day to day operational management of FICA.
Adams said the new appointments signalled a new chapter in FICA's history. "The contribution of Tim May to FICA and cricketers worldwide has been enormous and in many respects he is irreplaceable," he said.
"Our game continues to throw up issues of great complexity, and strong player representation through FICA and the individual player associations has never been more important. FICA is committed to continuing Tim's wonderful legacy by ensuring that the voices of the players always be heard," he added.
May quit on Wednesday after being the face of FICA for eight years, lashing out at the sport's administrators and their alleged "threats, intimidation and backroom deals". May was last month ousted from an ICC players' committee amid allegations of pressure from India. The Australian said he was tired of battling the governing body.
Adams hoped the new office-bearers would match May's dedication.
"The FICA Board is excited by the appointments of both Paul Marsh and Ian Smith. Paul has been at the forefront of player advocacy for 12 years at the ACA, the past eight as CEO. He has proven to be a strong, respected and passionate leader who has also contributed enormously as a member of the FICA Board," he said.
"Ian has demonstrated his dedication, expertise and passion throughout his time with the PCA and FICA and along with Paul, will ensure our member associations and their players continue to be represented in a strong, unified and tireless manner," he added.
President Jimmy Adams
Executive Chairman Paul Marsh
Chief Operating Officer Ian Smith
Australian Cricketers' Association Paul Marsh
Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh - Debrabrata Paul
New Zealand Cricket Players' Association Heath Mills
Professional Cricketers' Association (UK) Angus Porter
South African Cricketers' Association Tony Irish
Sri Lankan Cricketers' Association - Ken De Alwis
West Indies Players' Association Michael Hall.