Johannesburg - Cricket South Africa (CSA) have congratulated Tony Irish on his appointment as executive chairperson of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA).He succeeds Paul Marsh who resigned recently.Irish is the current chief executive of the South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA), and will continue to operate in this capacity alongside his new role, which will involve his being FICA’s main spokesperson."Congratulations to Tony on his appointment as head of FICA," commented CSA chief executive, Haroon Lorgat. "CSA presently enjoys a constructive working relationship with SACA and I am pleased that he will continue to lead SACA in addition to taking on his new global responsibilities."Unsurprisingly, player challenges around the world are tough but I know Tony will rise to the issues as he is experienced and has the global game at heart."He also enjoys respect from the players."