County News September 14, 2003

Ward to leave Surrey at end of season

Wisden CricInfo staff

Ian Ward has announced he will leave Surrey at the end of the season, citing the need for a new challenge and fresh motivation as the reason.

Ward did not play for Surrey in today's National League match against Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens, but was in the commentary box instead. And talking on Sky Sports, Ward insisted his departure from Surrey was not acrimonious, but said: "I feel my future lies elsewhere, I want a new motivation in a new place. I'm looking forward to a challenge somewhere else." He didn't let out where that somewhere else will be, although he did admit he had received interest from a few counties.

Keith Medlycott, Surrey's coach, said that financial reasons also played a big part in Ward's departure. He said: "Cricket is a business and we have to stay within a set budget, and players' salaries play take up a big part of that."

Ward, who played five Tests against Pakistan and Australia in 2001, also said he hoped this move would help him revive his international career. "I am desperate to resurrect my England career. I feel a move away with new ideas and new drive is what I need."