NSW and Australian fast bowler Stuart Clark has today decided to stand down from full time playing commitments.
Clark, 35, was last week appointed as the General Manager of the Sydney Sixers team in the new Big Bash League starting next summer. He will, however, continue to play club cricket for the Sydney University CC.
Clark, a veteran of 24 Test Matches, where he took 94 wickets at 23.86 each, in addition to 389 First Class wickets at 27.37, acknowledges the impracticality of attempting to combine his new role with the Sydney Sixers with the playing and training commitments required with the RTA SpeedBlitz Blues.
“I am going to continue playing club cricket as I still love playing the game, but more importantly I believe I can still help develop Australia’s future talent. Playing cricket has given me many opportunities in life and I feel by continuing to play club cricket I am giving something back to the game.”
“The Sydney Sixers is now my professional focus, however, I will still be available to play in this year’s Champions League in India which NSW has qualified for, as well as helping out the RTA SpeedBlitz Blues if need be, and given that it does not impact upon my Big Bash League commitments.”
With a Masters in Commerce, a major in Finance and a soon to be completed Law Degree, Clark eagerly looks forward to the next phase of his career.