The Professional Cricketers’ Association was founded in 1967 by Fred Rumsey, to represent past and current first-class cricketers in England and Wales. In one of its earliest achievements, the Professional Cricketer’s Association (PCA) helped establish a standard employment contract and minimum wage for professional cricket players. In 1995, the PCA also helped create a pension scheme for cricketers and former professionals. More recently, the PCA has welcomed newly contracted domestic female players, marking a landmark moment in the history of the game. The PCA champions the interests of professional cricketers in England and Wales through development and welfare programmes and by offering contractual advice.
A legacy of one of its earliest achievements, the PCA dictates the terms of all contracts offered to players by a first-class county or regional centre. Under these pioneering terms, players’ interests and monitored and review by the PCA. Most recently, the PCA will be admitting a cohort of forty-one contracted female players, from England and Wales. In 2014, the women’s playing team were awarded professional contracts for the first time in history. At the time, this was lauded as the biggest step in the history of the women’s game. However, according to recent announcements, by 2021, the figure of professional female cricketers will reach fifty-eight.
President of the PCA and former England international Graham Gooch welcomed the new members to the Association: “The cricket community is a tight-knit one, and the PCA welcomes the 41 new female professional players into our family with open arms. The PCA has been pivotal in working with the ECB to develop the professionalism of the women’s game, and the new domestic structure is another positive development as we aim to make professional cricket in England and Wales accessible to all.” Vice chair of the PCA and England captain Heather Knight added: “Having been involved in negotiations throughout, I’ve seen first-hand the work that’s gone into making this historic moment for English women’s cricket happen.”