Formation & Early Challenges

The Professional Cricketers’ Association formed in 1967 to represent and improve conditions for professional cricketers across England and Wales.

Fred Rumsey highlighted to senior players and secretaries from the 17 first-class counties, that salaries were behind the national average, and contracts provided no promise of winter employment.

All sorts of names were put forward, Peter May, the Duke of Edinburgh, but Don Sheppard put his hand up and said: ‘We want someone who knows cricket!’

Jack Bannister

The Cricketers’ Association

On September 4th 1967, 16 representatives from each county (Worcestershire were on an overseas tour) met with Jimmy Hill and Cliff Lloyd of the Professional Footballers’ Association to discuss the proposed association.

Deciding to call it the Cricketers’ Association (it would become the Professional Cricketers’ Association in 1996), Northamptonshire’s Roger Prideaux was elected Chairman before resigning in 1968 and was replaced by Warwickshire’s Jack Bannister. John Arlott served as President from its formation, through to 1991.

Harold Goldblatt, a London-based accountant working for the Association, lobbied for a minimum wage to the Test and County board, with £4,000 a year for each player being agreed in 1975.

Goldblatt and Lawrie Doffman (Association legal advisor) also drew up the first standard cricket contract, challenged county registration regulations and negotiated a £400 player fee with the introduction of the John Player League in 1969, which ran on their traditional Sunday day off.

Image: Cricket and broadcasting legend John Arlott served as president for 24 years

Historical Timeline


The Professional Cricketers’ Association founded


PCA agree a standard employment contract and minimum wage


PCA broker a truce between Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket and the TCCB 


PCA persuade the TCCB to donate the players’ share of over rate fines to a new charity in aid of former players and their dependants -The Cricketers’ Association Charity


Creation of the pension scheme


Launch of PCA Management Ltd and the PCA Business Club. Launch of PCA Take Guard Insurance Programme - comprehensive insurance for injury and disability 


PCA takes Annual Awards Dinner to Royal Albert Hall. Launch of PCA In The Community


- PCA Professional Cricketers' Trust set up to provide assistance for current players with financial support for injuries and post-career initiatives.
- Launch of PCA website


Launch of Team England Player Partnership. PCA plays key role in formation of FICA - the representative body of international cricketers


Launch of PCA Masters Cricket Programme. PCA introduce Zone 6 City Cricket, a short form version of the game and the forerunner of Twenty20. The inaugural competition was played at Bristol with subsequent tournaments at Edgbaston (2002) and Brighton (2003).  Zone 6 involved six city teams in six-overs-a-side contests with each tournament completed in a day.


Launch of ACE UK Educational Programme. Launch of All Out Cricket magazine


Launch of ECB/PCA Health Trust 


Launch of PLAN Placement Learning & Access Network 


Launch of PCA 903 Business Club


Launch of Anti-Doping Education Programme


- PCA Professional Cricketers' Trust Ltd established as a company.
- Launch of PCA MVP-Rankings
- Launch of PCAMember Confidential Helpline and support network is launched-Rankings


Launch of PCA Addictive Behaviour Programme


Launch of PCA Skin Cancer Awareness Campaign


England Women players become PCA members


- ‘Mind Matters’ Online Tutorials are launched
- £1m landmark figure surpassed for member educational funding


England Women's Player Partnership established


50th anniversary of the PCA


Creation of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group


Domestic female players join PCA as professional players

PCA celebrates 50th anniversary

2017 saw the PCA reflect on five decades of safeguarding the rights of past, present and future first class cricketers.

A Legacy Year Appeal was launched during the 50th anniversary with members encouraged to donate memorabilia, experiences and their time to raise money throughout the year for the Professional Cricketers’ Trust with a record £700,000 being raised for the players’ charity.

The 50th anniversary also saw the PCA run 30 events throughout 2017 headlining with the NatWest PCA Awards, Ashes Farewell and the 50th Anniversary Dinner at the Roundhouse with PCA President Andrew Flintoff.

The PCA marked the 50th anniversary with a documentary series covering the first five decades of the organisation from the founding fathers to the current position of the player association which can be viewed below.

The PCA are a true representation of the player in today’s cricket. They have developed the ideas we had initially and polished them.’

Fred Rumsey


The below nine chapters continue to explain the progression of the player association during the first 50 years.

Chapter One
Founding Fathers
Chapter Two
Early Challenges
Chapter Three
Looking After Members
Chapter Four
Change at the Top
Chapter Five
New Horizons
Chapter Six
Growing Influence
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Member Services
Chapter Nine