Shane Watson appointed as Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) President
Shane Watson has been appointed the president of the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA). Watson is now part of an extended board of ten members, which include the current Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins, Australia Women’s bowler Kristen Beams, and former Australia Women’s all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar. The other members of the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) are Aaron Finch, Alyssa Healy, Moises Henriques, Greg Dyer, Neil Maxwell, and Janet Torney.
“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,” Shane Watson said.
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. pic.twitter.com/U8q4dmswWS
— Shane Watson (@ShaneRWatson33) November 11, 2019
Shane Watson praised Cricket Australia’s (CA) recent initiative regarding the Parental Policy for women cricketers saying that the policy assures all Australian women that cricket is a sport that can support them and their families. He added that cricket is now a sport where girls who love sport, like his daughter, will now be able to have a proper career.
The 38-years-old also expressed his excitement to work alongside Greg Dyer. Watson said that Greg Dyer is someone he has always enjoyed spending time with and he is an incredibly successful man. Watson praised Greg Dyer by saying that Greg’s contributions to the ACA over his time as president has been immense.
ACA president Shane Watson:
Shane Watson has played 59 tests, scoring more than 3700 runs with 24 half-centuries and 4 hundreds while also claiming 75 wickets. The all-rounder played 190 ODIs, scoring more than 5700 runs with 33 half-centuries and 9 ODI hundreds while taking 168 wickets. Watson played 58 T20Is in his life where he took 48 wickets and scored more than 1400 runs.
Watson announced his retirement from international cricket in 2016. In 2019, he ended his professional career in Australia by announcing his retirement from Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League (BBL).