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Former CA Chairman Jack Clarke Dies at Age of 70

Jack Clarke, the chairman of Cricket Australia between 2008 and 2011, passed away at 70 in Adelaide.

Former CA Chairman Jack Clarke Dies at Age of 70

Former CA chair Jack Clarke has died at the age of 70. Clarke was one of the most influential figures in Australian cricket having served on the CA board from 1999 to 2011 and served as the chair for the final three years of his tenure.

He was the mastermind of the introduction of the Big Bash League during his tenure following the introduction of IPL in 2008, Clarke and James Sutherland worked together to review the governance structure of the game, the financial model, and the possibility of expanding the Big Bash League.

He also commissioned the Argus review into the performance of the Australian team following the 2010-11 home Ashes series defeat that led to the reshaping of CA.

Clarke had a long career as a solicitor after playing for Glenelg and also served as the director of SACA for almost 21 years and was made an honorary Life Member of the South Australia Cricket Association in 2012.

“Jack was an outstanding contributor to Australian, South Australian, and international cricket in his major roles with Cricket Australia and the SACA, and much-loved by all who knew him across the game,” current CA chair Mike Baird said.

“Jack’s leadership in vital areas including governance and high performance was particularly important during a time when Australian cricket faced some significant challenges. Jack’s passion for the game was immediately apparent to anyone who enjoyed a day at the cricket with him.

“On behalf of Cricket Australia, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to Jack’s wife Sue, his daughters Georgie and Lucy, his extended family and many friends, and all those fortunate to have known him.”

“Jack was one of the true characters of the game. His laugh and zest for life was infectious, and we will miss him dearly,” said the SACA Chairman Will Rayner.

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