Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has been appointed as the president of the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA). He says the position will help him “to give back to the game”. The appointment was made at the ACA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) which happened on Monday night.
“I am truly honoured to be elected as the President of the ACA as it evolves into the future. I have big shoes to fill with the people who have gone before me and I am super excited about this opportunity to continue to give back to the game that has given me so much,” Watson tweeted following his appointment.
Shane Watson had played for Australia in 59 Tests, 190 ODIs and 58 T20Is. He has also performed consistently for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Now he is a part of an extended 10-person board including three new appointments: current Australian players Pat Cummins and Kristen Beams, and cricket commentator and former Australian cricketer, Lisa Sthalekar.
“Through a period of immense change, the players have been, and will continue to be, a strong voice in protecting what’s made our game of cricket great, while embracing opportunities that change inevitably brings,” Watson was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“This policy, amid a host of other changes, assures Australian women that cricket is a sport which can now support you and your family. And for girls coming through who love sport, like my daughter, it says that cricket is a sport where you’ll be able to have a career,” Watson said.
The expanded board is now a part of a revised governance structure for the ACA, which now also manages the Australian Cricketers’ Retirement Account as well which helps the professional cricketers once their careers are over.