Former women’s cricketer and women’s Test captain Belinda Clark has vacated the position of the executive role from Cricket Australia. Belinda Clark is one of the prominent names in the cricketing fraternity, who began her playing career in 1991 and continued playing till 2005. Despite stepping down from the spot, she announced to serve the sport.
Belinda Clark featured for Australia in 15 Tests, 118 ODIs, and lone T20 international in a 14-year career. In 15 Tests, Clark amassed 919 runs and 4844 runs. She was the first international cricketer to muster a double hundred in ODIs when she did so against Denmark in the 1997 World Cup. The right-handed batter remained unbeaten in 229 off only 155 deliveries.
Belinda Clark, who will officially step down from the Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager of Community Cricket on the 30th of November, felt honoured to be associated with them for 20 years. Clark wishes to find new ways to give back to the sport that has handed her so much.
“I have loved my time working for the sport and while this chapter is coming to a close after 20 years with CA, a further six years with Cricket New South Wales and a long-standing member of ICC Women’s Committee, I am committed to finding new ways to give back to the game that has given me so much,” Clark stated as quoted by Cricket.com.au.
The 50-year old credited her journey as a beautiful one, owing to the fantastic people she has worked with. She feels grateful for the support she has received and what everyone has achieved together. Moving forward, Clark wants to help young girls develop confidence, leadership skills, and courage in the future.
“The journey has been exciting and rewarding because of the many amazing people I have worked with across the community, State and Territory Associations, and CA. I am grateful for their support and am so proud of what we have achieved together. My dream is to help young girls develop the confidence, skills and courage to step forward when leadership opportunities arise,” the 50-year old claimed.
“Cricket has been a major part of my life since I was a little girl growing up in Newcastle” : Belinda Clark
The New South Wales born cricketer went on to say that the focus mainly shifts due to the global challenges that need local and diverse voices to come together. Clark credited the sport to have been a significant part of her life while growing in Newcastle and will continue to remain so.
“This shift in my focus is timely as we navigate through significant global challenges many of which need strong local and diverse voices to overcome. Cricket has been a major part of my life since I was a little girl growing up in Newcastle and it will continue to be for many years to come,” she added further.