Essex chairman Azeem Akhtar methods down for review into his social media | Essex

The recently set up chair of Essex County Cricket Club, Azeem Akhtar, has stepped aside following only three days to make it possible for an unbiased overview to be carried out into his historical action on social media.

The investigation was declared on Thursday, soon after the publication of an write-up in the Jewish Chronicle which said he experienced appeared to endorse tweets that professionals believed to be antisemitic.

Akhtar, who was appointed only on Monday, voluntarily stood down with his deputy, Sir Stephen O’Brien, standing in as interim chairman.

In a statement, Essex reported: “Essex and Azeem Akhtar are determined to uphold the values of robust leadership, governance and accountability. By initiating this assessment, Azeem has shown his determination to these core values.”

Akhtar extra: “It is significant that I as chair and Essex County Cricket Club additional broadly maintain ourselves to the best expectations of governance and accountability.

“By stepping aside, I want to display leadership and make certain the club can concentration on the ongoing challenges it is tackling.

“I am resolutely dedicated to guaranteeing that Essex County Cricket Club is an inclusive and welcoming natural environment for folks of all backgrounds.”

Akhtar’s predecessor as chairman, John Faragher, stepped down very last 12 months after promises he experienced used racially offensive language at an government board conference in 2017.