Sir Viv Richards to receive ACA membership

09 Jan 2015

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West Indies cricket great Sir Viv Richards will join the ranks of current and former Australian cricketers when he is presented with membership to the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) at the Gabba on Sunday.

The presentation will take place prior the Big Bash League match between the Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers. The Queensland Manager of the ACA's Past Player Game and Personal Development Program Lee Carseldine will officially welcome Richards into the ACA family.

Having played four Sheffield Shield matches for Queensland during the 1976/77 season, Richards is eligible for ACA membership, which is open to all past and present male and female elite domestic and international cricketers in Australia.

Richard's Queensland cameo came early in his 22-year first-class career and helped build the foundation for a Test and ODI career that saw a mountain of runs scored on Australian soil and around the world.

ACA President Greg Dyer said.

"We're delighted to welcome Sir Viv Richards into the official ranks of the ACA. He remains a luminary throughout the cricket world and his involvement in the Big Bash League helps highlight the importance of active engagement once a cricketer's playing days have come to an end."

The ACA first established its Past Player Membership Category in 2001 and in late 2013 the ACA Past Player Game and Personal Development Program was launched to support past players in their post-cricket lives.

The ACA offers a wide range of benefits and services to its members, stretching across the areas of player rights; health and wellbeing; education and training; and career transition.