Bransgrove confident of Hampshire’s future health

Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove believes 2012 will be a year of constructive development for the club – on and off the field.

Bransgrove has been forced to re-evaluate his strategy following LV County Championship relegation and the devastating blow at the end of last season that saw The Ageas Bowl overlooked when the 2013 and 2015 Ashes Tests were allocated.

Hampshire are expected to announce another financial loss later this year and the building of the hotel is not yet underway.

But Bransgrove insists it will be once Eastleigh Borough Council completes its purchase and lease-back of the site and other complex financial agreements are reached. And he says he is excited that Hampshire’s cutbacks have created more opportunities for the next generation.

“The cost of our playing staff and other overheads are less but if it means we’re moving forward confidently into a secure future with the hotel constructed it’s all going to be very much worth it,” he said.

“We’ve decided we should be trying to create a cricket team that should last this county for a decade and build it around the young talent we have here at the moment.

“We’ve got seven or eight extremely good young cricketers here right now who, if they weren’t playing for Hampshire, would almost certainly go and play for another county.

“I won’t be making predictions as to what we might do this season in terms of winning things but what I do know is that Jimmy Adams and his team will go out to try to win every game and we’ll take things from there.

“The important thing is we spend a year or two, or possibly three, developing a team which can sustain success for a long time in the future without having to make a lot of changes on a dramatic basis season-by-season.

“There’s an excitement about the place and with a Hampshire-born leader I genuinely believe we’re in for a great time.”

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