Club Statement: Azeem Akhtar


Essex County Cricket Club supports Azeem Akhtar’s personal decision to voluntarily step aside as Chair of the Club while an immediate independent review is conducted into the circumstances around some historic content on social media.

Essex and Azeem Akhtar are determined to uphold the values of strong leadership, governance and accountability. By initiating this review, Azeem has demonstrated his commitment to those core values.

We remain committed to tackling discrimination and racism and have a zero-tolerance approach in this area. All of those connected with Essex want to ensure the Club is a safe and welcoming place where everyone, no matter of background, can play a major part in the future of Essex Cricket.

Essex’s Deputy Chair, Sir Stephen O’Brien will take on duties as Chair on an interim basis, while Anu Mohindru KC will step up as Interim Deputy Chair.

No further comment will be made while the independent review is ongoing.

>> Read – Statement from Club Chair, Azeem Akhtar


Updated 15/12/2022:

Essex County Cricket Club has appointed Squire Patton Boggs to undertake the independent review.