Former Australian Cricketer Lisa Sthalekar has been appointed as the first woman president of the Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA). Sthalekar achieved the milestone at a FICA Executive Committee Convention meeting held at Nyon in Switzerland.
Lisa Sthalekar will now succeed former South African batsman Barry Richards as the new President. Previously, the position was also held by Caribbean all-rounder Jimmy Adams and England batsman Vikram Solanki. The Federation of International Cricketers Association comprises athletes from all the member playing countries.
With the appointment of Lisa, FICA will be expecting various reforms in the governing body and the development of women’s cricket. After the convention, Lisa expressed her joy by addressing the media that she is honored to chair an organization that covers male and female cricketers from all over the world and also stated that cricket is already a global game and her tenure will witness a significant change for the fraternity.
Lisa Sthalekar represented Australia in 187 international matches and played a significant role in the team’s victory at the 2010 edition of the 2010 T-20 World Cup. Sthalekar helped defend Australia’s modest total of 106 against New Zealand in the final. Apart from that, Lisa also received Australia’s prestigious Belinda Clarke award for Australia’s best women cricketer in 2007 and 2008.
Lisa Sthalekar made her debut as a stalwart hard-hitting batter for Australia. She scored 2728 runs in 125 matches with 16 half-centuries. She also helped Australia to win the 2013 World Cup after a breathtaking performance in the final against West Indies. She was recently inducted into Australia’s Hall of Fame in 2021.
Truly, Lisa’s appointment has been seen as a revolution in the Federation of International Cricketers Association and we wish her all the best for her tenure.