Stewart’s wife, Lynn, has been battling cancer since 2013, and as she begins a new course of treatment, he has decided to temporarily leave his day-to-day duties in Surrey to take care of his wife and family. .
In a statement issued on his behalf by the club, Stewart asked for privacy as he is stepping away from cricket.
“Our thoughts are with Alec, Lynn and his family and wish them all the best,” said Elworthy. “The club fully supports Alec and his family through this holiday and will respect his request for privacy. Please,” he said.
The 59-year-old Stewart has been in Surrey’s role since 2014, leading the club to the County Championship last season, which he won again in 2018.
Stewart was one of the frontrunners to take over as England cricket director from Ashley Giles (a role that was later taken over by Rob Key) after the Ashes lost last winter, but he’s outdone in both the job and the national competition. I have withdrawn from running. Selector role due to his family commitments.