Akram wants Wanstead to move on

PUBLISHED: 14:19 11 September 2014 | UPDATED: 14:19 11 September 2014

Wanstead CC cup winners

Wanstead CC cup winners


Captain stands down after decade at helm

Arfan Akram wants Wanstead to continue moving forwards, having stepped down from the captaincy after a decade in charge.

Akram announced his decision after lifting the Essex League Cup at the weekend, following victory over Ilford, and praised the leading figures at the club for consistently producing excellent youngsters during his tenure.

“It was very nice to finish the captaincy with a cup win and it has been a great journey, but it is all about the club and what we have achieved together,” said Akram.

“We have a really good management team here and they really believe in youngsters and that is why we produce young cricketers.

“We must have about one to three playing professional cricket every year and it is a model that I was proud to embed from such a young age.

“It is all credit to the club for sticking to their ethos, especially in such a testing climate because most clubs haven’t stuck with youth and instead they have gone for experience, but we have always followed this way.”

Akram admitted the timing was right for him to step down and allow somebody else to take over and lead Wanstead to the next level.

He believes anybody in the Herons first team could take over and do a great job as skipper for next season, but confirmed no appointment is likely to be made for some time.

Akram added: “It is good timing, I want the team to move forward now and I think it will be nice for someone else younger to take over and take it to the next step.

“I have been very fortunate to have played a small role in the success over the last few years and it has been an honour to skipper one of the best clubs in the country.

“It has been a great journey, I have made so many good friends inside the club and outside with rivals and other people.

“But the focus isn’t on me, it is on the club and we are blessed with so many young cricketers and I don’t say this lightly, but anyone in the first team could take over and take the club forward.”

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