Highveld Lions top-order batsman Omphile Ramela has replaced JP Duminy as the president of the South African Cricketer’s Association.
Ramela‚ who is currently on franchise duty for the Lions in Potchefstroom against the Titans in the four-day Franchise Series‚ was appointed to the position last week during the organisation’s annual general meeting in Johannesburg.
Ramela’s not just an ordinary cricketer despite his reasonably decent first-class numbers.
He is a St John’s College product and has a Master’s Degree in Economics from Stellenbosch University alongside his 11-year first-class cricketing experience.
He said he was honoured to be bestowed with the responsibility of representing his fellow players.
“I am honoured that my fellow players elected me into this position.
“Having served on the SACA executive committee for a few years and deepened my understanding of the player issues dealt with.
“SACA belongs to the players and is strongly supported by them at all levels‚” Ramela said.
“It’s very professional in the way it is run and it has strong player benefit programmes‚ including its Player Plus programme which educates and provides players with personal development and support services empowering them to prepare for life after cricket.
“SACA’s strength also lies in its diversity and ability to unify players on collective issues in South African cricket.”
SACA chief executive officer Tony Irish said Ramela is an excellent and well-rounded individual who has a full understanding of player welfare matters.
“I think it’s also worth mentioning that it is quite rare in this age of professional sport for a player to achieve the level of academic qualification that Omphile has while fully engaged as a professional cricketer.
“This is an indication of the calibre of the individual that we will have as a player leader in the organisation‚” Irish said.