Proteas cricketer, JP Duminy, was elected President of the South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) at SACA’s annual general meeting of players in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The President and members of SACA’s Players Executive Committee were elected by a vote of South Africa’s professional cricketers comprising the Proteas team (men and women), the six Franchise teams and the 13 Semi-Professional Provincial teams. The other three players elected on the Executive Committee are Farhaan Behardien (Proteas and The Unlimited Titans), Omphile Ramela (Cape Cobras) and Stephen Cook (Highveld Lions).
“I’m honoured that my fellow professional cricketers have shown their confidence in me. Our players’ association, SACA, plays an important role in South African cricket and I am glad to be asked by the players to be part of its leadership,” said Duminy. SACA CEO Tony Irish said, “Congratulations to JP, Farhaan, Omphile and Stephen on their election by the players. We have 230 members of SACA and they have chosen these players to represent them over the next year. There is a lot of experience in this leadership group and as SACA’s Chief Executive I’m looking forward to working with them. We had a pretty good turn-out at the AGM and I would like to thank the players who took time off in the middle of the season to fly in to Johannesburg from all over the country to attend and participate. We are also delighted that Proteas women’s captain, Mignon Du Preez, was there as the Proteas women’s team have recently become members of the players’ association. The meeting was not just about electing leaders but also about SACA’s management team reporting back to players on the work we’ve been doing over the last year and about getting player feedback on our plans for the coming year.”