Vale Jack Clarke

Cricket Australia (CA) is mourning the loss of former Chair Jack Clarke who has passed away aged 70.

Clarke joined the CA Board as a director in 1999 and served as Chair from 2008 to 2011. He also spent 21 years as a SACA director and was made an Honorary Life Member of the SACA in 2012.

Clarke was instrumental in many important initiatives including commissioning reports into governance and high performance that helped shape and modernise Cricket Australia’s practices in these areas and the launch of the Big Bash League.

Clarke played for Glenelg Cricket Club in the South Australian Premier cricket competition while embarking on a career as a solicitor.

His vast enthusiasm for cricket at all levels was the inspiration for his long and successful career in local and international cricket administration including serving as Australia’s delegate to the ICC.

Mike Baird, CA Chair said:  
“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.

“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, all those fortunate to have known him.”

Will Rayner, SACA Chair said: 
“Jack's 21 years on the SACA Board is a testament to his unwavering commitment to South Australian Cricket and Cricket Australia and his passion for the game was evident to all who knew 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. 
“Our thoughts are with his wife Sue and daughters Georgie and Lucy during this difficult time."