Charlotte Edwards Named PCA President

The Southern Vipers Head Coach has become the first female President of the PCA after being elected by the Players’ Committee

Southern Vipers Head Coach Charlotte Edwards has become the first female President of the PCA, after being elected by the Players’ Committee at the Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday.

Edwards succeeds the outgoing Graham Gooch, who has held the position since taking over from Andrew Flintoff in 2018, and she is set for an initial two-year term in the role. She is the ninth individual to hold the position and the first from the women’s game.

Her new duties as PCA President will sit alongside her position as Southern Vipers Head Coach, whilst she is also set to be head coach of Southern Brave during the inaugural Hundred this summer.

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 interest of the men’s game as well in order to help cricket thrive as a whole.

I’ve done a lot of work with the PCA, on and off the field, and it’s been quite the journey from being an amateur, to becoming a PCA member in 2011 and now helping to support the next generation of players in this role. I’ve always followed what the PCA are doing for the game, and in particular the work of the Professional Cricketers’ Trust, and I really do want to be as involved as I can be. The game has given me so much and now this is the perfect opportunity for me to give something back.”

Charlotte Edwards

On behalf of everyone at the PCA, I would like to congratulate Charlotte on her election as PCA President. I would also like to place on record my thanks to the outgoing Graham Gooch, who has been an outstanding President during his three years in the role.

The PCA is entering a crucial period, looking ahead to a busy season having navigated the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic during the last 12 months. It is an challenging yet exciting time for the game and we are looking forward to being at the forefront of decision-making processes.

Rob Lynch, PCA Chief Executive

A trailblazer within the women’s game, Edwards’ impressive CV includes over 300 appearances throughout an international career spanning 20 years, during which she scored over 10,000 runs across all formats and captained England in all formats, including four Ashes wins and successive ICC Cricket World Cup and T20 World Cup victories.

Following her international retirement, Edwards quickly became a fan favourite on the south coast, leading the Southern Vipers to the inaugural Kia Super League title in 2016 and another Finals Day in 2017.

She also made key contributions to helping grow a youthful Hampshire Women side capture national titles in 2018 while also serving as Director of Women's Cricket, before announcing her retirement from the game that season.

In retirement, Edwards has quickly become a highly respected figure on the coaching circuit, leading Southern Vipers to victory in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy last summer. 

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