The former England international, Andrew Flintoff, has been voted in as the new President of the Professional Cricketers’ Association.
He takes over the position from fellow Lancastrian David Lloyd and will expect to be busy as 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the association. Having dabbled in boxing, been a panelist on James Corden’s A League of their Own and commented (and played in) the Australian Big Bash, Flintoff has tried numerous ventures since retiring from the English game in 2010.
The role will see the former Lancashire and England all-rounder have a significant impact within the game of cricket and he is very excited about the prospect.
“This is a huge honour, especially as it will be the Golden Jubilee of the PCA in 2017… I have been a PCA member for more than 20 years now and it is an organisation that I am proud to be involved in”.
As the Government have recently announced more funding in mental health services, including a pledge to invest £1 billion in it, Flintoff recognises the importance sport plays within this fundamental aspect of society, and is keen to improve its work.
“The Association has carried out pioneering work on mental health and wellbeing for past and present players through the Mind Matters series and the PCA Benevolent Fund does outstanding work in looking after players, past and current, and their dependants who fall on hard times.
David Lloyd, who Flintoff will be succeeding, seemed happy with the appointment too as Flintoff becomes the seventh President of the PCA.
“I’m delighted to hand over the reins to Freddie who I know will be as thrilled as I was to become PCA President”.