Flintoff elected as PCA president


Former England international Andrew Flintoff has been named president of the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA).

Flintoff, who scored 3,845 runs and took 226 wickets in 79 Tests for England and captained the side in series against India, Sri Lanka and Australia, was elected at the PCA's annual general meeting in Birmingham on Tuesday.

He succeeds David Lloyd and becomes the seventh president in the history of the PCA.

"This is a huge honour, especially as it will be the Golden Jubilee of the PCA in 2017," Flintoff said.

"I have been a PCA member for more than 20 years now and it is an organisation that I am proud to be involved in.

"The Association has carried out pioneering work on mental health and well-being for past and present players through the Mind Matters series and the PCA Benevolent Fund does outstanding work in looking after players, past and current, and their dependants who fall on hard times.

"We have a small but dedicated team of professional staff who I look forward to working closely with during my time as president."

A two-time Ashes winner, Flintoff also appeared in 141 one-day internationals and seven Twenty20 matches in a decorated England career.