Nadeem Shahid, the former Surrey batsman and Second XI coach, has parted ways with the club after 15 years of involvement at The Oval.
Shahid, 39, played 82 times for Surrey and was part of a squad which won nine trophies in the 1990s. After retiring in 2004 he went into coaching, overseeing the Second XI from 2006 until earlier this year.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my career at Surrey and it was an incredibly difficult decision to leave", Shahid said. "However, an opportunity I have recently received to run a multi-sports academy in South Africa is one I can't turn down."
Surrey's new managing director of cricket, Gus Mackay, added: "Nadeem Shahid has served this club honourably, both as a player and a coach. I fully understand and support his desire to develop his career and wish him every success for the future."
Shahid stroked nine centuries and more than 6000 runs in his career, with a top score of 150 for Surrey against Sussex in 2002.