Harold Goldblatt Obituary, Death – The Professional Cricketers’ Association is deeply saddened by the demise of Harold Goldblatt, who was instrumental in the early stages of the Association’s formation and development. PCA founder Fred Rumsey started looking for someone who could serve as the organization’s treasurer and provide specialized advise in the field of accountancy when he realized that the Association, which had been established in 1967, required both of these positions.
When the former Somerset and England bowler was just getting started on his sales pitch over the phone to the first person on his list when Goldblatt accepted the offer, he was barely halfway through the conversation. Goldblatt went on to have a significant impact on the early days of the PCA, which contributed to the organization’s rise to prominence.
He drafted the first pension scheme, the first standardised contracts, and offered his services as treasurer for free for a period of three years. He also put up the material that was used for the first minimum wage discussions, which resulted in players being offered contracts worth £4,000 per year. As a matter of fact, Goldblatt was the one who wrote up the first contracts for players under the age of 22, which were an early precursor to the rookie contracts that are currently granted to players under the age of 23, demonstrating his pioneering beliefs.
He was a prosperous chartered accountant and businessperson, and he was a co-founder of Goldblatt’s Accountants & Registered Auditors. Although he retired in 1998, he has since remained actively involved in the firm as a consultant. Goldblatt’s Accountants & Registered Auditors currently has four offices. The PCA would like to express its sympathies to Goldblatt’s family and friends on the passing of Goldblatt, who was 92 years old at the time of his passing over the weekend.