Former Essex cricket captain James Foster is to leave the club at the end of his contract.
Essex County Cricket Club confirmed that the former youth system product will leave the County Ground after 19 years as a pro.
The Wicket keeper made his County Championship debut against Glamorgan in August 2000.
He was capped a year later and went on to captain the side between 2010-2015 during which time he was awarded his benefit year in 2011.
The news comes just days after Essex teammate Alastair Cook pulled up stumps on his international career.
He leaves the Club having recorded 839 first-class dismissals and he was an integral part of the Club’s Pro40 League victories in 2005 and 2006, the NatWest Trophy in 2008, and last season’s County Championship winning side.
In recent years, he'd moved into coaching.
Essex Captain Ryan ten Doeschate paid this tribute:
The club's website has published an open letter from the homegrown star in it he paid tribute to his former team.
He's the latest to leave the Chelmsford-based side. It was confirmed that Ashar Zaidi and Callum Taylor would move on last week.