CRICKET: Peterborough Town welcome back a club legend

Ajaz Akhtar will return to Peterborough Town next summer.

Ajaz Akhtar will return to Peterborough Town next summer.

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Local legend Ajaz Akhtar has made a surprise return to Peterborough Town Cricket Club.

The veteran all-rounder, one of the greatest players in the club’s history, left Bretton Gate two years ago to play professionally in the Cambs League for Ketton.

When that move turned sour early last summer Akhtar played for Market Deeping in the Lincs Premier Division.

But the former Cambs Minor Counties captain will assist Town in their quest to regain their Northants Premier Division crown next season.

“I had good experiences at Ketton and Deeping,” Akhtar, who will also manage the Cambs Minor Counties team next season, admitted. “But they are trying to become what Peterborough Town already are.

“Playing away from Town made me realise just what a strong, well-run club they have been for years. I want to make sure I enjoy the final years of my career so I’m looking forward to going back and helping a very talented team to win the league again.”

Town are understood to have resisted a strong attempt from a local club to prise multi trophy-winning captain Lewis Bruce away from Bretton Gate.

Bruce is set to stay with Town, but has relinquished the captaincy which is expected to pass to opening batsman David Clarke.

Professionals Asaim Butt and Paul McMahon have both committed to another summer at Bretton Gate.