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Surrey chief Alec Stewart to take leave of absence to care for wife Lynn during cancer battle

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Surrey chief Alec Stewart to take leave of absence to care for wife Lynn during cancer battle

Surrey’s director of cricket Alec Stewart has taken a temporary leave of absence to care for his wife Lynn as she begins a new course of cancer treatment

  • Alec Stewart has stepped down from his role as Surrey’s director of cricket
  • He took a leave of absence to take care of his wife, Lynn, who is battling cancer
  • Lynn is starting a new course of treatment after first being diagnosed in 2013

Alec Stewart has temporarily stepped down from his role as Surrey director of cricket due to family reasons.

Alec’s wife Lynn has been fighting cancer since 2013 and as he begins a new course of treatment, in order to take care of his wife and family during this difficult time, Alec has decided to temporarily leave his day job -day duty,’ read a statement from Surrey.

Stewart, 59, will be replaced on an interim basis at the Kia Oval by Surrey chief executive Steve Elworthy.

Alec Stewart will take time off to care for his wife Lynn during her cancer battle

Alec Stewart will take time off to care for his wife Lynn during her cancer battle

Stewart has temporarily stepped down from his role as Surrey's director of cricket

Stewart has temporarily stepped down from his role as Surrey’s director of cricket

Elworthy also delivered a personal message to the Stewart family, saying: ‘All our thoughts are with Alec, Lynn and the family and we wish them the best.

‘The Club will fully support Alec and the family through this leave of absence and ask everyone to respect his request for privacy.’

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Stewart is a popular figure in English cricket who played 133 Test matches for his country between 1990 and 2003.

Stewart is a popular figure in the game, and is England's fourth most capped Test player

Stewart is a popular figure in the game, and is England’s fourth most capped Test player

Only James Anderson, Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad have played more Test matches for England.

Surrey won their second County Championship title with Stewart at the helm last summer, and the gates at the Vauxhall End of The Oval are named after him in honor of his achievements for the club.

During his nine years at the helm, he was approached by the ECB for a number of roles in England but turned down the advances each time to stay close to his family rather than travel abroad.