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.

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  • Andrew on May 3, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    @Something_Witty - since Stuey is pretty much a qualified lawyer, I don't think a coaching role will interest him too much. I think he would be interested in a CEO role though!

    Anyways - as I said before I hope he continues on in the Shield next season, our young batsmen coming thru need to be grilled by him.

  • Robert on May 3, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Clarke is good man doing his bit for Australian cricket. We need as many experienced players continuing to play shield cricket to improve the knowledge of younger players. Too many greats these days earn so much money that they want to retire at the top and not give anything back directly to Australian cricket or they seem too eager to cash in at IPL which has a direct benefit to Indian cricket's youngsters.

  • Lou on May 3, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    I agree, Meety. He's got an analytical mind and has ideas and I suspect some integrity as well. He could offer more than just a bowling coach role.

  • John on May 3, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    Maybe he could become a bowling coach for the Aus side...?

  • Andrew on May 3, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    From an Oz cricket viewpoint - I hope he plays another season (or TWO), in Shield cricket. The Big Bash would be a great career move, but I don't think a player as experienced as Stuey would have too much problems handling both a playing & non-playing role. The GREAT thing about this article is that we may be looking at a future Cric Oz Managing Director. I am SURE Stuey would do better then most of the suits that run the game in Oz at the moment!!' Go Stuey!

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