Typical of a great batsman, Dennis Amiss has timed his retirement to perfection.
Amiss has confirmed his intention to step down from the position of chief executive of Warwickshire from April 2006. Though he will remain associated as a consultant, his retirement effectively ends a highly-distinguished association with the club stretching back the best part of 50 years.
Amiss departs with his head held high. He has presided over a period of unprecedented success on the field and leaves the club in a financially sound position. That is quite a legacy.
Naming the anticipated new pavilion after him would be a fitting tribute to a lifetime's service.
But Amiss' departure heralds the start of a new age at Warwickshire. Not only are the club looking for a new chief executive but a new coach as well. The old order is rapidly changing.
Amiss is one of a dying breed. There will surely be few former players graduating to the position of chief executive in the future; being good at cricket isn't necessarily any indication that an individual will be much cop at running a multi-million pound business.
Neil Houghton, Warwickshire's chairman, has appointed a firm of recruitment consultants to find Amiss' successor. That is likely to prove little more than a perfunctory measure, however. There is a very good chance that the next candidate is already within the club.
Stuart Robertson, the head of marketing, is the clear favourite. As a successful marketing manager without pedigree as a cricketer his appointment might represent something of a departure for the club but that might be no bad thing.
Other candidates include England's chairman of selectors David Graveney, and Tim Munton, chairman of the cricket committee.
Munton's position is intriguing. He has recently been charged with undertaking a review of the cricket set-up at Edgbaston and will attempt to 'streamline' the existing structures. He will present his conclusions in August. It is quite possible they will result in a significant changing of the guard at the club.
Perhaps the most likely scenario is that Robertson and Munton will perform more high-profile roles from April; with Robertson assuming responsibility for business opportunities and Munton taking care of cricket-related matters. A batting and bowling coach would then be appointed to answer to Munton; Andy Moles and Allan Donald are two names sure to come into the equation.
Other candidates for the chief executive role include Worcestershire's leader, Mark Newton, and the Derbyshire boss, Tom Sears.
Lisa Pursehouse, who deputised in the position at Nottinghamshire, is also thought likely to apply for the position. She has a fine reputation.
Potential candidates from closer to home include committee members John Dodge and Andrew Burn as well as local businessman Stuart Spires. Former all-rounder Paul Smith has also expressed an intention to apply and would have much to offer.
One man who is unlikely to apply but could no doubt perform the role excellently (some say he already does) is the operations manager, Keith Cook.
He has spent just about his entire working life at Warwickshire and is respected by players, officials and supporters alike.
Able, amiable and devoted, it is perhaps barely relevant that he is unlikely to apply. The new chief executive will lean on his knowledge heavily in any case.