North’s happy news is blow to Glamorgan’s season start

Glamorgan’s preparations for the 2012 season have suffered a double blow. Hot on the heels of the news that Alviro Petersen will not return to Cardiff as a Kolpak signing comes the revelation that overseas batsman Marcus North will miss the first month of the season due to the birth of his second child.

North, who has signed a two-year contract, is set to be unavailable for the opening four County Championship games.

Glamorgan start their Championship season at Leicestershire on April 5 and North will also miss the four-day games against Derbyshire, Hampshire and Gloucestershire.

North hopes to return for the visit of Essex to the Swalec Stadium on May 2, with the opening limited-overs match for the Welsh county against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl on May 7.

Petersen, last year’s county captain, had indicated to Glamorgan last summer he wanted to return and retire from Test cricket with the county claiming the opening batsman had signed an initial agreement. But the 31-year-old changed his mind after scoring a century against Sri Lanka on his South Africa recall.

Glamorgan are looking for at least one overseas import to plug the gap left by North and Petersen and hope to resolve the situation by the end of the month.

Australian Mark Cosgrove has been linked with a return to Wales either as an overseas import or a domestic player.

Cosgrove has a formidable record in Championship cricket during two stints as an overseas player in Wales. He could also switch to becoming classed as a home-grown player because he has a British passport.

But the 27-year-old would have to give up his fading dream of playing for Australia again, while competing as an overseas player for his current state side Tasmania.

The Dragons are also still to name their second Twenty20 overseas player to feature alongside North in the June tournament.

A Glamorgan statement said: “Glamorgan has today announced that Marcus North and wife, Jo, are expecting their second child, in April of this year.

“As a result, Marcus will not join up with the squad until late April/early May and the club are pro-actively working to sign a temporary overseas player to cover his period of absence.

“Marcus and his family are all looking forward to coming to Wales and spending the next two seasons at Glamorgan and the club wishes to congratulate Marcus and his wife on the impending addition to the family.”

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