Former Australian football player Alistair Nicholson stepped down as the CEO of the Australian Cricketers’ Association on Monday.
Alistair served at the organisation for six years before taking the decision of stepping down from his designated post.
“Nicholson has led the ACA with integrity and humility. He leaves a stronger, more mature and commercially robust organisation, having successfully navigated several tumultuous episodes in the game, earning the respect and gratitude of players and cricket stakeholders,” the ACA said in a statement.
President Shane Watson expressed gratitude towards Nicholson for his contribution in improving both the men and women’s cricket during his tenure.
“Alistair has made an enormous contribution to the ACA. He has always represented the players with integrity and his list of achievements is outstanding. His calm, mature and authoritative leadership during a number of challenging issues and his understanding of the business of sport have been at the heart of his contribution. He leaves with our enduring gratitude and thanks,” Watson said.
Even Nicholson reflected on his time spent as the CEO of the organisation and his achievements while working for them.
“I’ve been humbled to represent our player group and I’m very proud of what we have been able to achieve in my time at the ACA. I have had to deal with unprecedented issues in the game but always tried to maintain principles of fairness and equity, representing the players as we worked to advance the interests of the game at all times,” he said.
“I step down with some sadness as I love the ACA and the game but I look forward to watching from afar and taking a break to enjoy a summer of watching cricket after a particularly demanding tenure, including most recently through COVID,” Nicholson added.