Kevin O’Brien was confirmed as the next President at the recent ICA (Irish Cricketers’ Association) AGM. The position had been temporarily filled by Cecelia Joyce as Vice President, following William Porterfield stepping down after 4 years at the helm. Porterfield served in the role between 2017 and 2021.
Since its inception in 2017, O’Brien has been a big supporter of the players’ association and the benefits of supporting players during and after their careers. Speaking on the announcement, O’Brien said: “I am delighted to take on the role of President of the ICA and take the Association forward; to keep helping the current crop and to get more past players involved. There are generations of players we can engage with to either support or to benefit from their life experiences after cricket and keep them involved in the community some way.”
The ICA President has already been busy, working closely with the ICA board and Cricket Ireland on developing the pathway for full-time women’s contracts along with player welfare workshops which are in the pipeline.
Speaking about the appointment, Ireland Captain Laura Delany said: “It is great to see Kevin has been appointed President of the ICA. He has a wealth of experience both on and off the pitch and to have such a high profile player in this position with his experience and knowledge is fantastic. I have no doubt it will be invaluable in helping the ICA represent their players this year.“
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