Shane Watson appointed ACA president in Sydney
Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson was appointed as the President of the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) at its Annual General Meet held on Monday night in Sydney. With this appointment, Watson has become a part of an extended ten-person board which includes current Australian players Pat Cummins and Kristen Beams and former Australian cricketer, Lisa Sthalekar.
In an official statement, the 38-year-old player said that 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.
The expanded board is part of a revised governance structure that manages Australian Cricketers’ Retirement Accounts.
Praising the Cricket Australia’s parental policy for women cricketers, he said that the policy assures Australian Women that cricket is a sport which can now support families. Addressing women cricketers he stated, “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.”
He later tweeted, “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.
With the fresh appointments, the ACA board’s office-bearers include, Shane Watson as Initial President and Elected Director, Greg Dyer as Initial chair and Elected Director, Aaron Finch, Alyssa Healy, Pat Cummins, Kristen Beams, and Moises Henriques as Elected Directors; and Lisa Sthalekar, Janet Torney and Neil Maxwell as Appointed Directors.