Former Australian all-rounder, <a href="https://www.india.com/topic/Shane-Watson/">Shane Watson</a>, was appointed President of the <a href="https://www.india.com/topic/Australian-Cricketers-Association/">Australian Cricketers' Association</a> (ACA) at its AGM in Sydney on Monday. <p></p> <p></p>Watson is part of an extended 10-person board which includes three new appointments: current Australian players <a href="https://www.india.com/topic/Pat-Cummins/">Pat Cummins</a> and Kristen Beams, and cricket commentator and former Australian cricketer, <a href="https://www.india.com/topic/Lisa-Sthalekar/">Lisa Sthalekar</a>. <p></p> <p></p>Watson said the support the ACA provides cricketers had been a constant across his professional career since he made his first-class debut in 2000 and that he was excited to lead the Association after seven years on the Executive. <p></p> <p></p>"Through a period of immense change, the players have been, and will continue to be, a strong voice in protecting what's made our game of cricket great, while embracing opportunities that change inevitably brings," Watson said. <p></p> <p></p>Watson says these opportunities are particularly present in the women's game, where the ACA has been a significant partner in its growth notably the inclusion of women and men under the one MOU in 2017, and more recently the introduction of a paid parental leave policy. <p></p> <p></p>"This policy, amid a host of other changes, assures Australian women that cricket is a sport which can now support you and your family. And for girls coming through who love sport, like my daughter, it says that cricket is a sport where you'll be able to have a career." <p></p> <p></p>Watson, who continues to play Premier Cricket for Sutherland, is also passionate about forging greater connections with community cricket and noted the $30 million contributed by the players into the Grassroots Cricket Fund. <p></p> <p></p>The expanded board is part of a revised governance structure for the ACA, which now also manages the Australian Cricketers' Retirement Account, which benefits Australia's professional cricketers once their careers are over. <p></p> <p></p>The revised structure also splits the role of President and Chair, which will continue to be held by Greg Dyer. <p></p> <p></p>"I'm excited to work even closer alongside Greg, as he's someone I've always enjoyed spending time with," said Watson. <p></p> <p></p>"He's an incredibly successful man in his own right, and everything he's been able to bring to the ACA over his time as President has been immense."