New Glamorgan captain Alviro Petersen has arrived in Cardiff only too aware of what is expected of his this coming summer.
The South Africa batsman, whose appointment caused so much discontent during the winter, has been handed a series of demanding targets by the county’s managing director Colin Metson.
After six barren seasons, Metson wants an immediate turnaround in form under Petersen and new Australian coach Matthew Mott, who has arrived ahead of the county’s opening County Championship Division Two match against Leicestershire starting at Grace Road on April 8.
“We want promotion in the County Championship at the least, although we would like to be winners,” said Metson. “Our aim is for the quarter-finals in the Twenty20 Cup just as it was last year and we would love to get a home tie.
“We must improve on the Clydesdale Bank 40 last year where we only won two games. Whether it be four or five we must win more games at home.”
But success is not just a short-term aim, because Metson is looking at a five-year plan. “The plan will be to win trophies and in five years’ time we want to have won something,” insisted Metson.
Metson realises Glamorgan are coming from a low base which reached rock bottom during the winter when Petersen and his own appointment sparked the departures of former director of cricket Matthew Maynard and his son Tom, plus ex-captain Jamie Dalrymple and president Peter Walker.
“It has been a fascinating three months and there has been a lot going on,” said Metson. “We have chosen a coach, signed players and had others who wanted to leave, while we have also put together a pre-season tour to South Africa.”
But there have been questions about Metson’s credentials to take on such a role despite being a high-class wicketkeeper during his own playing days.
“I am strong inside and determined to succeed,” added Metson. “We knew we were going to go through difficult times when people resign. You know you are in the limelight and the public eye. But you know there is a challenge there and exciting times ahead.”