Essex County Cricket Club has confirmed that former player and captain, Ronnie Irani has stepped down as Chairman of the Club’s Cricket Committee.
Irani cited focusing on his business interests as the reasoning behind the decision.
Speaking to www.essexcricket.org.uk, Irani explained: “It’s been an incredible turnaround for Essex over the last six seasons and I’m proud of the part I’ve played in that.
“When I became Chairman of the Cricket Committee on a voluntary basis we were underachieving and not playing to our potential. We won Division Two in my first season and won a first County Championship title in 25 years the following year.
“Since then, we’ve added another three trophies to the cabinet, including that incredible double in 2019 and become one of the best and most successful Cricket Clubs in the world.
“I’ve dedicated an enormous amount of time and energy to this role with a professional attitude, and I hope this has gone a long way to giving the Members and supporters the success they deserve.
“We’re lucky to have quality in the squad and I feel the structure we’ve put in place has helped the players and coaching staff achieve their goals.
Irani added: “It’s been an amazing journey and one I can look back on with immense pride. I feel that I’m stepping down with the Club in a good position, and I have no doubt there are more trophies on the horizon.
“At this time my business commitments must come first, but my passion and support for Essex Cricket will never go and I look forward to more success at the Club in the future.”