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Alec Stewart, Director of Cricket at Surrey CCC, is to step down from his position at the end of 2024 after 11 years in the role.

As Director of Cricket, Alec has steered the team to three County Championship titles to date and built a strong culture of success within the dressing room. A hallmark in that period has been the production of talent through the Surrey pathway who have joined the professional squad. Nine of those players have gone on to represent England including Ollie Pope, Sam Curran and Will Jacks.

Having played all the way through the age group cricket set up for the county, he signed his first professional contract in 1981. In a 23-year playing career for Surrey, Stewart won the County Championship title three times as well as three limited-over trophies.

Explaining his decision, Alec Stewart said: “Without a doubt, this has been the toughest decision of my working career, but after careful consideration, I will be stepping down from my role as Director of Cricket at the end of this calendar year. The main reason for informing the Club at this point in time is to give them enough notice to find a suitable replacement.

“Since November 2013, I have given this job my total commitment and it has been an honour and a privilege to be a part of the greatest cricket club in the world. However, the job is not one that you can just leave at the ground, as it demands 24/7 attention. As people may know, my wife has been battling cancer since 2013 and I want to give her, and my family, more of my time over the coming years than this job allows.

“I am incredibly proud of what has been achieved over the last 11 years, winning trophies as well as continuing to produce our own players through the Talent Pathway and providing players for England. Supporting young talent to develop into top-quality players is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable parts of the job.

“I want to thank all the players, coaches and cricket management staff I’ve worked with for their incredible support and hard-work. I’d also like to thank everyone who has played their part in taking the Club forward both on and off the field.

“I will always be available to support the Club in any way that I can and would also consider other opportunities in and around the game that work for me and the family.

“From now until my last working day, I guarantee that my commitment to the job and to the Club will not diminish one bit and I am fully focussed on helping the squad to achieve more success.

Oli Slipper, Surrey CCC Chair, added “Alec has been an outstanding leader over the last 11 years. He took over with the team in a difficult position and has built a Club in his own image that is hard-working, dedicated and humble. The values and the philosophy that he has created are the foundation of the success that the team has seen.

“Whilst he is stepping down from his role at the Club, we do not want to lose his knowledge of the game and I have no doubt that his successor will always have a helpful voice to call upon if needed. I want to wish Alec the very best for the future and also place on record my thanks for what he has done for the Club.”

Steve Elworthy, CEO at Surrey Cricket, said “Alec has been one of the greatest servants this Club has ever seen and leaves an extraordinary legacy. Alec’s professionalism, work ethic and commitment to the Club has driven success in his playing days and even more so as Director of Cricket. The Club is where it is today because of his passion and his dedication.

“I fully respect and understand the decision that Alec has made and wish him and his family the very best for the future. We cannot overstate his impact at Surrey and on behalf of the staff, the players and the Membership I would like to thank Alec for his service.”