Rain beat the Australia and New Zealand cricketers overnight at Birmingham in their Champions Trophy match, but no such sense of defeat pervaded the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations executive meeting in London.

In a set of written "outcomes", FICA expressed solidarity for Australia's top players as their dispute with Cricket Australia festers ahead of a June 30 deadline.

The meeting "commended the Australian Cricketers' Association and Australian international and domestic players, men and women, for remaining united during attempts to divide them".

The situation provides a significant watching brief for stakeholders in New Zealand cricket. Players' Association boss Heath Mills was at the FICA meeting.


This country's professionals will renegotiate with New Zealand Cricket in the coming year. Their current deal runs until July 2018.

The ACA want a five-year pay deal where they share a fixed percentage of up to 26 percent of CA's revenue. CA want that adjusted because they believe it starves the grassroots of the game. The ACA claims they are open to discussion as to what revenue streams are included in the deal.

An industrial relations spat looms which could threaten Australia's home Ashes series and tours of South Africa, Bangladesh and India.

Alistair Nicholson, the ACA boss, spoke to the FICA executive.

FICA backed the ACA and player revenue sharing principles, which it considers to be "global best practice in maintaining player stakeholding in the game in each country".

The NZCPA currently have a "fixed payment" rather than "revenue-sharing" model in their Master Agreement with NZC.

Another item on the FICA meeting agenda was the "rapidly changing global cricket and player career landscapes".

FICA stated they "will continue to advocate for the balancing of traditional cricket structures with new markets and domestic T20 cricket".

New Zealand players are among those considered the most vulnerable of becoming free agents because the governing body cannot pay them the same as peers operating under larger economies of scale in India, Australia and England.

Several of the Black Caps' leading exponents face a dilemma with the annual list of 21 retainers to be announced after the Champions Trophy.

Do players commit to international selection and the security of regular income, or chance their arms as freelance contractors to Twenty20 leagues worldwide?

The conundrum is unlikely to impact players in the top echelon like Kane Williamson, Trent Boult and Ross Taylor, or those considered test specialists like B-J Watling, Neil Wagner or Jeet Raval.

However, all-rounders Corey Anderson, Colin de Grandhomme, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham and Mitchell Santner or pace bowler Adam Milne, would be justified doing due diligence on their futures. Depending on injuries, form and conditions, none are guaranteed a starting spot in every international format.

They will often be required to tour for months on end which effectively creates a tipping point between "time absent" versus "income earned". Individuals must decide whether representing their country or playing cricket as a vocation takes precedence.

The FICA meeting resolved to continue to oppose restrictions on freedom of movement without the agreement of players.

"Players are no longer constrained by the traditional vertical career pathway that focused on international cricket," FICA executive chairman Tony Irish said. "The domestic T20 leagues, which are increasing in number and sophistication, are presenting multiple new career options.

"It is critical the right balance is found between traditional and new markets."

FICA confirmed its commitment to helping set up an independent players' association in India after the recent rulings by the Lodha Committee and Indian Supreme Court that such a body form.

FICA acknowledged India's national and domestic players were "key stakeholders in the world's largest cricket economy. Assisting where possible to ensure those players have an independent collective voice, as well as creating player wellbeing, personal development and education programmes will continue to be a priority".