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Cricket Australia chairman retires, offers thoughts on sport

Cricket Australia (CA) chairman Jack Clarke has officially retired from his position, but not before he offered some thoughts on controversies that came up during his tenure, as well as where he sees the sport heading in the future.

Clarke has been in charge of CA since 2008, and thus has been one of the central figures in the sport for the past three years, representing the country on the International Cricket Council (ICC). Clarke used his time at the podium during CA's general meeting to give some thoughts on his time as chairman.

Responding to criticism of the outgoing chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch and former national coach Tim Nielsen, Clarke defended both men, saying that fans unfairly dismissed their contributions to the sport.

"Andrew Hilditch, a fine servant of Australian cricket who has responded graciously to unfair media and public criticism, leaves center stage following a long period as a selector since 1996-97 and as chairman of the National Selection Panel since 2006," Clarke said at the meeting, according to ESPN. "During Andrew's time as a selector, Australian cricket achieved unparalleled success including three ICC World Cups, two ICC Champions Trophies and numerous Test series victories."

Clarke also said that Nielsen's accomplishments as coach were "overlooked," pointing to the top ranking as an ODI team under his tenure.

Of his time on the ICC, Clarke said that the sport must do more to tackle corruption going forward.

"The ICC has had a challenging year tackling corruption as a major issue and is also undertaking a governance review," he said. "Cricket's ambition to be a major world sport will be significantly influenced by the ICC succeeding with both these issues."

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