RONNIE Irani has stepped down from his position on Essex County Cricket Club's board.

Irani, 49, took over as chairman of the club’s cricket advisory committee at the end of the 2015 season having been on the club's board.

He took on a manifesto to bring back the glory days of the 1980s and early 1990s.

Essex enjoyed plenty of success in that time, winning promotion, two Championships and a maiden T20 success in the space of four seasons.

Irani, who hit more than 20,000 runs and took more than 650 wickets during his professional career, has now decided to step down from the club's board.

Essex club chairman, John Faragher, said: “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.

“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.”