Australian seamer and former Test player Stuart Clark has announced his retirement from international and state cricket.
The 35-year-old will instead focus on his new role as general manager of the Sydney Sixers in a new eight-team, city-based T20 domestic competition, while he will continue playing club cricket for Sydney University.
“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,” said Clark.
“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.
“I never thought I’d end up doing it straight away I thought I’d probably get out of cricket, but this is just such a good opportunity that I thought I’d be silly not to take it.
“I’m really focused on this one and trying to get as much out of this job and seeing where it takes me. I’m not quite sure whether it (the future) is in cricket or out of cricket, wherever it may be I don’t know.”
Clark, who captained New South Wales in Simon Katich’s absence last summer, also played in 39 one-dayers, taking 53 wickets at 27.86.
Clark has a Masters in Commerce, a Major in Finance and a soon to be completed law degree.
He added: “I couldn’t keep playing cricket fulltime and doing the job, it would just not be fair to the job or to the cricket. I’ve realised I can’t play cricket forever, even though you always want to.”