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Glamorgan to oppose plans for Wales side.

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GLAMORGAN have said they would oppose any idea of Wales forming a cricket team to compete in any of the ICC international competitions. A petition containing just 187 names was handed into the National Assembly's petitions committee, while supporters of a Welsh side have also written to the Welsh Government's sports minister Huw Lewis and are to contact the England and Wales Cricket Board, Glamorgan and Sport Wales.

However, Glamorgan's Alan Hamer has said they would oppose moves to form a Wales side and added the county would not attend any meeting to discuss the setting up of a national team, fearing such a side would affect the staging of international matches at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff.

And Glamorgan fear that would have serious financial repercussions for the club.

The Swalec Stadium is to host an England versus Australia clash in 2015, as well as a Test against New Zealand in 2013 and Glamorgan do not want a Wales cricket team impinging on that.

"Glamorgan Cricket have informed the Welsh Government that they do not support moves to create a Welsh cricket team," said Glamorgan chief executive Hamer.

"It would signal the end of England internationals being played in Cardiff including the 2015 Ashes.

"This would have serious financial repercussions on the club and as such, it is not something that we want to be involved with.

"We have also informed the Welsh Government that Glamorgan, being Wales' sole professional cricket team, effectively represent Wales on an annual basis by competing in the four-day (County Championship), CB40 and T20 competitions and that the current playing standard is far higher than that on offer for tier two ICC nations.

"I've not heard about the proposed February meeting so it would be extremely unlikely that Glamorgan would attend.

"Similarly, although I cannot comment on the ECB's intentions, I would be surprised if they attended as well."

Wales already have a side which plays in the minor counties competitions.

From 2002 to 2004 a Wales side which included Glamorgan and Welsh players, played a 50-over match against England each June.

In the first of the matches Wales recorded a shock eight-wicket victory, although England won the other two before the fixture was abandoned.

Meanwhile, former England and Glamorgan captain Tony Lewis has been elected the 31st honorary life vice-president of the MCC, the highest honour that the MCC Committee can bestow on any member of the club.

It was introduced in 1961 and recipients have included the likes of Sir Donald Bradman and Ted Dexter.

"MCC has formed a major part of my life, and I am honoured to accept this invitation," said Lewis. "To be appreciated by your peers is a huge thing to happen to you; to join a list which includes such eminent contributors to the club and to the game of cricket as a whole is a real privilege."

Lewis was the last man to captain England on a Test debut and led Glamorgan to the Championship title in 1969. Following his retirement in 1974, Lewis subsequently has been chairman and president of Glamorgan, and moved effortlessly into the media sector as a writer and broadcaster on the game.

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Date:Dec 13, 2011
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