Glamorgan have confirmed that last season’s captain Alviro Petersen will not be returning to Cardiff as a Kolpak recruit in 2012. The county had hoped to re-sign Petersen after his 2,000-run contribution in all competitions last season.
They have employed Marcus North as their overseas star with a place set aside for Petersen as a Kolpak. But his successful return to the South Africa Test has put paid to 30-year-old Petersen giving up international cricket.
In a club statement Glamorgan confirmed the Petersen blow. “Ever since Alviro Petersen returned to South Africa last September, Glamorgan Cricket has been liaising closely with him in order to reach an agreement that would have seen him return to the club as a Kolpak registered player.
“A signed agreement was reached with Alviro, and the club would have sought ECB clearance on his Kolpak status immediately upon his announcement to retire from international cricket.
“However, following his successful recall to the South African Test team, Alviro informed the club earlier this week that he had had a change of heart and has asked the club to release him from his commitment.
“While the club was keen to retain his services, it understands the importance and honour of playing international cricket and has therefore reluctantly agreed to his request to be released from his Glamorgan commitments.
“The club wishes Alviro well on his future international career and look forward to seeing him here at the Swalec Stadium when South Africa play England in a one-day international on Friday 24 August 2012.”
“The club will now carefully consider its options as it looks to finalise the make-up of its squad ahead of the 2012 season.”