Cricket preview: Akhtar to focus on Peterborough Town

Peterborough Town captain Ajaz Akhtar has announced his retirement from Minor Counties cricket. Photo: Peterborough ET
Peterborough Town captain Ajaz Akhtar has announced his retirement from Minor Counties cricket. Photo: Peterborough ET
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PETERBOROUGH Town skipper Ajaz Akhtar has retired from Minor Counties cricket.

Akhtar played for Cambs for 22 years, including a nine-year stint as captain between 1997 and 2006, racking up over 200 appearances and taking more than 500 wickets.

He’s the second-highest wicket-taker in Cambs history and represented them twice at Lord’s, winning as a player in 1995 and as captain in 2003.

But he was used sparingly by the county last summer so he’s decided to concentrate in club cricket this summer

Akhtar said: “I’ve had a great run and enjoyed some memorable occasions, but it’s time to step aside and let others have a go. My enthusiasm is not there any more.

“I will still look forward to watching them play, especially the Peterborough lads.”

Akhtar has also announced that he will step down as Town skipper at the end of this summer after a 10-year stint in charge.

Town have a couple of friendlies this weekend, at Middlesex League side Winchmore Hill on Saturday and at local rivals Bourne on Sunday.

New signings Chris Budd, a wicket-keeper/batsman, and Joe Dawborn, a quick bowler, will play in both matches.

Town’s weekend squad: A. Akhtar, L. Bruce, D. Clarke, A. Butt, C. Milner, C. Budd, A. Rodgers, R. Sayer, M. Milner, B. Hussain, J. Smith, J. Dawborn, P. McMahon.

Other weekend friendlies:

Tomorrow: March v Long Sutton, Wisbech v Downham, Newborough v Castor.

Sunday: Wisbech v Spalding.

RAMSEY skipper Michael Cafferkey (21) has taken part in a trial weekend with first-class county Worcestershire,