Shane Watson has been appointed as the president of Australian Cricketers’ Association.
He is a part of the ten-member board which includes the likes of Pat Cummins, Kristen Beams and Lisa Sthalekar. Aaron Finch, Alyssa Healy, Moises Henriques, Neil Maxwell, Janet Torney and Greg Dyer are the other members on the board.
“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 said in a tweet.
“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,” he said as quoted by cricket.com.au.
Watson, a veteran of 59 Test matches, praised Cricket Australia’s parental policy for women cricketers.
“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,” he added.
The ACA will now also manage the Australian Cricketers' Retirement Account, which benefits Australia's professional cricketers once their careers are over. The revised structure also splits the role of President and Chair, the latter held by Greg Dyer.
"I'm excited to work even closer alongside Greg, as he's someone I've always enjoyed spending time with," said Watson. "He's an incredibly successful man in his own right, and everything he's been able to bring to the ACA over his time as President has been immense."