Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Ronnie Irani stands down from Essex board. Ronnie Irani has stepped down from his position on Essex's board
Ronnie Irani has stepped down from his position on Essex's board
Ronnie Irani has stepped down from his position on Essex's board, ending a long association with the club he also represented as a player between 1994 and 2007
Irani, 47, had left his position as chair of the club's cricket committee in August this year after nearly six years in the job. A press release from the club at the time said it was so Irani could “focus on his business commitments” but two people familiar with the situation told Cricbuzz that he was forced out after a number of players raised frustrations with what they felt was too much meddling in team affairs.
The chair of the cricket committee at Essex has traditionally never had a day-to-day role with the team. Usually, the captain and coach are left to run things in the dressing room but Cricbuzz reported that a number of players, including Simon Harmer, Dan Lawrence and Sir Alastair Cook, as well as McGrath, had become increasingly frustrated with Irani trying to exert his influence on team matters.
Irani's spell as the chairman of the cricket committee coincided with a very successful period for the club on the field. The club won the County Championship in 2017 and 2019, when they also won the T20 Blast title. They also won the Bob Willis Trophy in the modified domestic calendar of 2020.
“I would like to thank Ronnie for his services over the last twelve years during which time the Club has achieved considerable success on the field,” Essex club chairman, John Faragher, said.
“Ronnie's contribution on the Essex County Cricket Club Board and as Chairman of the Cricket Committee has been central to this success and we wish him well in the future.”