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Morgan elected PCA President

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England World Cup winning captain takes up new position.

England legend Eoin Morgan CBE has been appointed as the new President of the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA), with the announcement to be approved at the Association’s AGM on Tuesday, 27 February 2024.

The former Middlesex batter, who led his side to World Cup success at Lord’s in 2019, will succeed outgoing President Charlotte Edwards MBE. Morgan is the tenth individual to hold the prestigious position following his appointment by the PCA Players’ Committee.

The 37-year-old is regarded as one of England’s greatest captains, however, his influence transcends the playing arena as a respected voice in the game through the role he plays on the MCC World Cricket Committee, alongside his work as a broadcaster.

Morgan made 379 international appearances, scored more than 10,000 runs across the three formats for England and still holds the record for the most sixes in an ODI innings, hitting 17 maximums on his way to a 71-ball 148 against Afghanistan at Old Trafford during the 2019 World Cup.

“Having been a PCA member for 19 years, it gives me an overwhelming sense of gratitude and honour to be provided this prestigious opportunity.”

EOIN MORGAN

Also a key player in England’s T20 World Cup success in 2010, arguably one of Morgan’s finest achievements was his success at creating an inclusive, diverse team when he became captain, famously revealing this was behind England’s success in 2019.

During his time as England skipper, Morgan sat on the Team England Player Partnership (TEPP) Management Board and has been a prominent voice for collective representation and the PCA throughout his career.

Following 17 seasons of professional cricket with Middlesex, Morgan celebrated his testimonial year in 2022, in which the Professional Cricketers’ Trust was one of his chosen charities, providing further generosity to the players’ charity he supported throughout his career. He is also a Patron of Take Her Lead and a Trustee of Chance to Shine.

In the 2020 honours list, Morgan was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to cricket. Since retiring from all forms of cricket in 2023, he has quickly become a respected member of the Sky Sports commentary team.

New PCA President, Eoin Morgan, said: “Having been a PCA member for 19 years, it gives me an overwhelming sense of gratitude and honour to be provided this prestigious opportunity.

“As we navigate through an ever-changing landscape of cricket, the role of the PCA is even more critical. We must ensure that the organisation adapts and innovates to safeguard the evolving needs of our players, to enable them to thrive on and off the field.

“I am also looking forward to supporting the Professional Cricketers’ Trust which has always been close to my heart and will hopefully enable me to give something back to the game.”

PCA Chair, James Harris, said: “What Eoin Morgan has achieved for England cricket is indisputable. As a former teammate, Eoin understands the challenges and the opportunities that are ahead of us and I look forward to working with him again.”

PCA Chief Executive, Rob Lynch, said: “I would like to congratulate Eoin on his election as PCA President and pay tribute to the outgoing Charlotte Edwards MBE for her work over the last three years.

“I have personally known Eoin for many years and have been inspired by his leadership, calming influence and knowledge of all aspects of cricket. I very much look forward to seeking his wise counsel as we continue to navigate the changing nature of the game to ensure the player voice is represented in the many debates that lie ahead.

“I could not think of any player with more global experience than Eoin to help us achieve our goals.”

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