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Update Belinda Clark steps down as Cricket Australia community chief

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Former Australia women's captain - Belinda Clark - announced on Tuesday (September 29) that she would be stepping down from her Cricket Australia (CA) role after 30 years of service to cricket.

Clark, who has been CA's Executive General Manager (Community Cricket) for the past two-and-half years, and worked in cricket administration for more than 25 years, will bow out on 30 November 2020. However, the veteran will continue to serve as the director of the Local Organising Committee for the ICC T20 World Cup which is scheduled to be held in Australia in 2022.

Clark, while still captaining her nation, was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2000. Australia's all-time leading ODI run-getter and the first cricketer to compile a double-ton in ODIs reckoned that it was the right time for her to step down from the administrative role. Clark's next target is to develop leadership qualities in young girls.

"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 6 years with CNSW 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," she said.

"The journey has been exciting and rewarding because of the many amazing people I have worked with across the community, State/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. 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," added Clark.

In 2011, she was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame and became the first female player inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame three years later. Clark was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2018. The Belinda Clark Award, which recognises Australia's best female cricketer every year, is named in her honour.


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