Former England captain Charlotte Edwards was unveiled as the first woman president of the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) on Friday. Edwards will be succeeding Graham Gooch in this position. She was elected to this position after the annual general meeting of PCA on Thursday.
The former England batsman and leading run-scorer across all formats will be donning this role for at least two years. PCA had lately inducted 41 new female members that had signed full-time domestic contracts.
It is a big step in the right direction for women’s cricket in England. Having a former player in a big position in administration will help women’s game immensely in the nation. Edwards will continue to work as head coach of Southern Vipers and Southen Brave along with fulfilling the duties of her role at PCA.
In an official statement released by PCA, Edwards said, “I’m hugely honoured to be given such a prestigious title in being the President of the PCA. It’s an exciting time for women’s cricket and I’m really excited about what I can bring to the role. I think the introduction of 41 new female members to the PCA has shown it’s the right time to have a female PCA President, but I’m passionate about looking after the interests of the men’s game as well in order to help cricket thrive as a whole.”
Along with announcing the appointment of Edwards as president, PCA also confirmed the election of James Harris and Anuj Dal as Chairman and Vice-Chairman, respectively. Meanwhile, Sophie Luff, Tara Norris, Alex Hartley, and Naomi Dattani were added to the list of representation to the player’s committee. PCA also confirmed that a new women’s committee has been created that will look into specific issues of women’s cricket.