Australian news May 3, 2011

Stuart Clark considers chief executive role

ESPNcricinfo staff

Stuart Clark, the former Australia fast bowler, is keen to play another season with New South Wales, despite being in contention to become chief executive of one of Sydney's two Big Bash League sides. Clark, who will be 36 by the time the next Australian season begins, has been interviewed for the role with one of the new city-based teams.

The former international coach John Dyson is also considered a frontrunner, and both men could end up with jobs, with Cricket New South Wales set to make the appointments later this month. Sydney's two Twenty20 sides for next summer's new competition are the Thunder and the Sixers, and Clark must decide whether he wants to take charge of one of those outfits or extend his on-field career.

"I'm leaning towards playing cricket at the moment," Clark told the Sydney Morning Herald. "There's no personal goals left. I'm lucky enough to have done pretty much everything in cricket [that I wanted to].

"As much as I love playing cricket, there's also life after cricket and what I want to do with life. It's a tremendous opportunity; I'll never shirk away from that. One of these Big Bash teams - I suppose that's the future of cricket and gives me an opportunity to be involved and involved at the highest level."

As a player, Clark's experience is valuable to the young New South Wales side, which he captained last season when Simon Katich was away on Australian duties. However, with Australia looking to younger bowlers, Clark won't add to the 94 wickets that he collected in 24 Tests, the last of which he played on the 2009 Ashes tour.