Former Glamorgan batsman Michael Powell has joined Kent with a farewell swipe at the Welsh county.
The 34-year-old was released by Glamorgan after 15 years and has signed a two-year contract at Canterbury after being courted by three other counties.
Powell reiterated he had no gripe with the Glamorgan supporters but was far from happy with the management of the club.
He believes he was held back by the club and is unhappy that Glamorgan’s players were gagged about talking about issues.
“I found it so frustrating for my career that I was not allowed to air my views when I was there,” said Powell. “I just felt I could have given a lot more to Glamorgan but was held back by a number of people.
“When you are actually playing for the club, and in the middle of it, you are not allowed to talk about it. The club has changed a lot from when I first started at Glamorgan. I’ve seen a lot of changes at the club. Some for the good. Some not for the good.”
In more recent times Glamorgan has been a magnet for bad publicity. In 2010 director of cricket Matthew Maynard, former captain Jamie Dalrymple and president Peter Walker all resigned after Alviro Petersen was brought in as skipper and then Colin Metson as managing director of cricket. Maynard’s son Tom also resigned from a three-year contract in protest had how his father had been treated, and joined Surrey.
Furthermore, the Welsh county have suffered financial traumas. Glamorgan lost in the region of £1m on the 2011 England v Sri Lanka Test match and subsequently lost the 2012 Test between England and the West Indies. But Glamorgan will host an Ashes clash in 2015, as well as a Test against New Zealand in 2013.
“We boxed ourselves into a corner financially. We had to create a Test venue to recreate the Glamorgan brand and make it one of the biggest clubs in the country. It obviously hasn’t worked,” added Powell.
“We weren’t able to find the players we wanted. We weren’t able to go on pre-season tours and help the players as much as we possibly could.”
Meanwhile Powell, who scored 25 first-class centuries for Glamorgan and passed 1,000 runs in a season five times, is now looking forward to extending his county career with Kent.
But he said he would miss Glamorgan’s supporters. “What makes Glamorgan is the supporters and I believe they are the best supporters in the country,” said Powell. “They are the people I hold dear to me.
“I got a little bit stale. It [the move to Kent] is probably what I needed. I’ve not enjoyed my cricket for a couple of years now really and I just think it might freshen me up.
“I don’t think I have got anything to prove. I just want to get down to Kent, score a lot of runs for them, get promoted to the first division, do well in one-day competitions and move forward and enjoy my cricket for the next two years.
“I’d love to play for another three or four years. If I pile on the runs and I’m enjoying myself there is no reason why I can’t extend my career down at Kent.”