ACA Chief Executive Alistair Nicholson has praised and thanked outgoing General Manager Professional Development & Wellbeing Ben Smith for almost 13 years of outstanding service to both the ACA and Australian cricket.
Smith will make the move across to the AFL Players Association as its General Manager – Player Development and work under former ACA Chief Executive Paul Marsh.
Speaking of Smith’s input in to the ACA, Nicholson praised the ground breaking work that Smith provided to past and current players.
“Ben developed the strategy, measurement, promotion and resourcing of player development and wellbeing programs for male and female players through every facet of their career.
“He played a key role in the past four MOU’s and embedded welfare programs within the framework of Australian cricket.
“The ACA’s player welfare program is renowned around Australia and the world, and that is largely thanks to Ben’s work.
“The ACA’s loss is certainly the AFLPA’s gain and we wish Ben all the success in his new role.”
Speaking of his departure from the ACA, Smith said;
"I have been privileged to work for this wonderful organisation for over 12 years and have shared many ups and downs with some of the best people I will meet.
"The integrity, commitment and passion of the players, executive and ACA staff has been instrumental in the success that we have achieved.
"I truly believe that cricket is well positioned to achieve our vision of being the leader in professional development and wellbeing in sport internationally."
"On behalf of my wife, three children and myself - thank you."
Nicholson also provided an update to the ACA’s plans on filling the vacancy created by Smith’s departure.
“Player development and wellbeing is fundamental to what the ACA provides for its members and we have been working closely with Ben on finding a suitable replacement for his role."