Barry Richards replaced by former West Indies captain May 29, 2008

Jimmy Adams named FICA president

Cricinfo staff

The former West Indian captain Jimmy Adams has been appointed as the new president of the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations. He succeeds Barry Richards who had been in the position since the body's formation in 1999.

"Cricket is both at an uncertain but exciting time, with the advent of Twenty 20 and the formation of a number of a new competitions such as Stanford 20/20, the Indian Premier League and the Indian Cricket League," Adams said. "It's important that the games' governors, together with the players, map out a mutually beneficial road map as we enter this exciting era. I look forward to my association with FICA and serving the interests of the players worldwide."

FICA's chief executive Tim May paid tribute to Richards' efforts. "Barry has made a significant contribution to the player cause across the world for an extended period," he said. "Barry's wise counsel and knowledge of cricket matters will be missed and I am sure that I represent the voice of players from across the world, when I thank Barry for his tireless and passionate contribution to FICA.

"We believe that Jimmy has similar qualities and will provide a significant asset to FICA and international players. He not only represented the West Indies with passion and distinction throughout his career, but is also held in the highest regard across the cricketing fraternity. We are excited and proud that Jimmy has accepted our invitation to lead FICA, and I am sure that Jimmy's term will be both successful and rewarding for FICA and its associated members."