Australia news May 11, 2011

Clark named general manager of Sydney T20 team

ESPNcricinfo staff

Stuart Clark, the former Australia pace bowler, has been named the general manager of the Sydney Sixers, one of two New South Wales-based teams in the forthcoming Twenty20 Big Bash League. At the same time John Dyson has been unveiled as the GM of the Sydney Thunder, to be based at Sydney's Olympic Stadium while the Sixers set up camp at the SCG.

Dyson will step down from his present role as the New South Wales state talent manager and chairman of selectors in order to take the position, though Clark is yet to formally announce his retirement from first-class cricket. A week ago Clark had said he was "leaning towards playing cricket", but in the end decided the administrative role was too attractive to pass up. Clark has been preparing for life after cricket for quite some time, studying commerce to bolster his previous experience in real estate.

"I am thrilled to have this chance to be part of the Sydney Sixers and the Big Bash League," Clark said. "Twenty20 is about embracing new fans and I believe it has the potential to grow cricket in the same way that one-day cricket did. It is the way forward."

Dyson, the former West Indies coach, was similarly enthusiastic about the chance to take a key role in the establishment and growth of a new team, after Cricket Australia's decree that the T20 league required a marked shift away from traditional state-based identities. As finalists in the 2010-11 domestic competition, the New South Wales side will take a final bow as a T20 entity at the Champions League later this year, alongside the tournament winners South Australia.

"I am extremely honoured to have this opportunity," Dyson said. "There are a lot of challenges ahead for everyone to get this competition up and running. This is a very exciting time for Australian cricket and I am looking forward to a successful inaugural season for the Big Bash League and Sydney Thunder in 2011-12."

Concerns that the league's organisation is lagging behind will likely be addressed at a Cricket Australia board meeting in Melbourne on Thursday and Friday, after which negotiations should resume with the Australian Cricketers Association over the terms of the new memorandum of understanding for player payments.

CA and the ACA met in Melbourne on Tuesday for informal discussions about their differences, though a CA spokesman said the positions of the two bodies remained "180 degrees different from each other".

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  • Meety on May 11, 2011, 23:55 GMT

    I am glad he got the gig, but Stuey pls don't give up on playing Shield. Oz need you to work over our up & coming batsmen! @ D.V.C - I think the franchise system was flawed by not having more of a regional base. How Newcastle & the Gold Coast missed out I'll never know!

  • dummy4fb on May 11, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    They should have associated the west sydney team with black and white like the area's grade cricket team and rugby league and union team while the sixers which is east sydney territory should have been associated with the colours red and blue as people in the area know these are the colours of their rugby teams both league and union and their grade cricket team. Ultimate goal at the end of the day is to make these teams as fierce rivals as Man City and Man Utd etc. Get some local pride in these teams

  • Gizza on May 11, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    I was initially leaning towards supporting the Thunder but this appointment might change my mind. Stuart is one of the few cricketers of whom I've met and have a signature. He's a clever but down-to-earth bloke. The SCG and Homebush are about equal distance from where I live anyway so...

  • D.V.C. on May 11, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    I'm with Blokker. Being from Newcastle, I support NSW - I even go to their shield games hen they play here - but not either of the two Sydney teams. I'm not from Sydney. Why would I have any more interest in them than I have in, I don't know, Somerset or Otago or somewhere else?

  • Foxswoop on May 11, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    Nobody has still answered why we have to have these franchise teams for 20/20. I love the big bash (and I still love the longer forms of the game as well) but I follow NSW in it. The Blues are my team but now I am suppose to choose between the sixers and the thunder??? No chance, I'll fire up the BBQ and have a few beers instead of watching me thinks.

  • Blokker on May 11, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    Yeah, I support NSW, not any of these new franchise sides. Couldn't care less.

  • LiamF on May 11, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Personally I'd still like to see him playing for Australia much less NSW. After McGrath retired he should of played in as many Tests as possible.

  • Hoggy_1989 on May 11, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    And we care because? This is NOT cricket, and I for one, will not be watching any of it. For heaven's sake, sack James Sutherland and his appaling way of squeezing the money and life out of cricket, before we all end up like India. Players that can't deal with good pitches and good bowling and administrators that have no regard for grassroots cricket.

  • straight_drive4 on May 11, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    if he is as smart off the field as he is on the field, this will be a very successful club. well done stuey... all the best

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