Speculation grows over future of chairman Russell

A special meeting of the Glamorgan committee has been called on the morning of Sunday July 31 to discuss the structure of the club.

The details of the agenda have yet to be revealed and Glamorgan have refused to comment on the exact nature of the meeting. All the club will confirm is that a statement will be issued after the meeting is over.

Speculation suggests the special meeting is to do with the future of the club’s chairman Paul Russell, who said back in March he would hand over the reins to chairman-elect Nigel Roberts over the next year.

Russell, who has been Glamorgan chairman since 2003, was responsible for turning Sophia Gardens into the Swalec Stadium and bringing Ashes Test cricket to Cardiff.

But despite the success of the England-Australia Test in 2009, Glamorgan were then stripped of the right to host England’s 2012 Test with the West Indies.

And, during a turbulent winter, last year saw the resignation of director of cricket Matthew Maynard and former captain Jamie Dalymple following the appointment of Alviro Petersen as captain and Colin Metson as managing director of cricket. President Peter Walker also quit and Tom Maynard left for Surrey.

Added to that, at March’s AGM, three of the four committee members standing for re-election lost their seats.

The special meeting has not been particularly well-timed as a Glamorgan delegation is due to head for Lord’s on August 2 to bid for another Ashes Test match in 2013 or 2015.

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