Glamorgan chief circulates explanatory letter

Glamorgan chief executive Alan Hamer has written an open letter to members explaining the background to the extraordinary events at the club.

Last week the county saw Jamie Dalrymple, director of cricket Matthew Maynard and president Peter Walker all quit as the club was sent into turmoil.

The controversy was set into motion when Dalrymple was replaced as captain by South Africa batsman Alviro Petersen and it was followed when Maynard’s role was superseded by a new head of coaching position.

Maynard quit saying his position was untenable, Dalrymple followed suit as a player and Walker resigned saying the changes were “reprehensible”.

In a letter, which is more than 2,000 words long, Hamer explains the management’s position. He says “the strategic changes would have been implemented” even if Glamorgan had gained promotion to Division One of the County Championship, something they failed to do in the last game of the season.

Hamer says Glamorgan’s one-day success had been desperately poor over the last few seasons. “During the past six seasons, the club has only won just over 15% of its four-day matches and 25% of its one day games.

“Furthermore, during the same period, our home record (at Cardiff) is equally as poor with fewer than 10% of our four-day games and 35% of our one-day matches resulting in wins. No other county has won fewer one-day matches than Glamorgan during the past three seasons.”

For the first time, meanwhile, the club have confirmed Colin Metson, the former county wicketkeeper, will be named managing director of cricket. “Colin will be responsible for all cricketing matters and will spend equal amounts of time working with our emerging talent (via the Cricket Board of Wales) as he will with the first XI,” added Hamer.

Glamorgan also confirmed: “The club is now committed to finding a world-class first XI coach, who will possess a demonstrable track record of success. The coach will report to the managing director of cricket.”

In the letter the club confirmed that Dalrymple, who went with a full year left on his contract, will be replaced with a player of “the same pedigree”. The club is hopeful that Mark Cosgrove will accept a Twenty20 contract despite both Maynard and Dalrymple wanting him on board for the whole of the 2011 season.

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