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Glamorgan anger at Petersen move

David Hopps

February 13, 2012

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Alviro Petersen's hundred gave Glamorgan a fine start, Glamorgan v Essex, County Championship, Division Two, Cardiff, August 2, 2011
Glamorgan thought Alvrio Petersen would be batting for them again in 2012 © PA Photos
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Glamorgan's Australian coach Matthew Mott has criticised his former captain, Alviro Petersen, for not honouring an agreement to rejoin the county and abandon his international career.

Essex have confirmed that Petersen will join them for two months next season after he changed his mind about Test retirement and made a successful return for South Africa when he scored a century against Sri Lanka in Cape Town last month.

Mott claimed that Glamorgan still hold a pre-contract agreement with Petersen that he would return to the county this season as a Kolpak player after retiring from international cricket. And as he left a boxing gymnasium in Abercarn, where Glamorgan's players had trained with Wales' former world champion Joe Calzaghe, he was not in the mood to overly trouble himself over whether the agreement was legally binding.

"We feel let down because we had a signed agreement in place, which in my world is binding," Mott told "We did seek further clarification and he reassured us he was coming. In that time we had let some opportunities go… we stuck with Alviro because of his relationship with the club. But then he changed his mind."

One player Glamorgan chose not to pursue was the Australian batsman, Phil Jacques, who joined Yorkshire instead and who now also has ambitions of achieving English-qualified status.

"After he was picked by South Africa again and made the hundred, we got a little bit nervous about what decision he would make," Mott said. "But we were confident he would still come back because when he had approached us about the Kolpak arrangement last summer, he was a current international. He has chosen to pursue the South Africa route which is fine and we would have understood if he had told us sooner."

Petersen's captaincy season with Glamorgan in 2011 was not without controversy as he infuriated several top umpires with what they regarded as unacceptable power struggles over debatable decisions.

He has joined Essex on a two-month contract as an overseas player in 2012, but hardly endeared himself to his new county when he appeared to suggest on Twitter over the weekend that he would have preferred to rejoin Glamorgan.

To cause further confusion about Petersen's future, Mott said: "He has offered to come as a Kolpak for 2013." Quite what South Africa will make of that is as yet unclear.

Glamorgan are eager to sign Mitchell Johnson, the Australia left-arm quick, as the second overseas player for the Friends Life t20 during the summer. His availability will become clearer after a meeting with Cricket Australia later this month. Johnson is only likely to join Glamorgan if he fails to recover fitness in time to play IPL in April and May.

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Posted by Safferfan on (February 15, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

The english system needs to take a look at themselves and start to look after their own countrymen. The way things are going it is not going to be long before the entire "english team" consists of no englishmen. What is wrong with cricketers from england that they are not good enough? Fielding their "united nations" team speaks volumes about the county scene and the players that they produce. Obviously the schooling system (sports wise - cricket) is not functioning and also the after school programmes seem to be lagging. Imagine an english test side made up of only englishmen!!!! Then again, they will be cannon fodder I suppose!!!

Posted by vswami on (February 15, 2012, 2:04 GMT)

Haha .. imagine if an IPL side had suggested the same as Glamorgan. All hell would have broken loose with writers coming out of cobwebs to blast greedy team owners.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2012, 23:15 GMT)

He didn't expect an international recall, got one, scored well and secured his future. Good on him. But Alviro Peterson should have remembered - when he didn't have an international future, Glamorgan allowed him a professional life and steady income. Of course there is no legally binding stuff here, but if everything was played by laws - a batsman would run overthrows if the ball deflected off his bat, and a bowler would deliberately bowl a beamer and mock-apologize to soften ppl up. Men of honor behave in a different manner

Posted by gothetaniwha on (February 14, 2012, 21:12 GMT)

Greedy - Stupid Kolpak rules , it just seems to hurt countries that can least afford to lose players Ervine , Marshall , Adams are considered overseas players in there country of there birth , seems strange to me .

Posted by spence1324 on (February 14, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

Its amazing how county's are in each others faces over and lets be honest a pretty average foreign player.Why dont they play a promising england or welsh youngster for the season instead of throwing handbags at each other?

Posted by shillingsworth on (February 14, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Ridiculous to suggest that any cricketer should put playing for a foreign club ahead of representing his country. Despite the changes in the regulations, counties are still fixated on the short term fix of signing Kolpak players, rather than focusing on the real business of developing their own talent. Glamorgan's troubles will hopefully make others think twice.

Posted by AJ_Tiger86 on (February 14, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

He is a poor quality batsman anyway. It will be fun to watch him get dropped from the national side, and not get his county job back either.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (February 14, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

@RAVI_BOPARA, becuase he could only join Glamorgan as a Kolpac, but as his international career restarted then that was no longer viable. Where as hes going to be an overseas player for Essex, which means hes available for International cricket.

Posted by yorkslanka on (February 14, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

why would anyone be surprised that a player would choose to give up playing for his country so he could play county cricket??he only has a limited time to play for his country and has to choose this over anything else...right decision for me..

Posted by RAVI_BOPARA on (February 14, 2012, 7:52 GMT)


Posted by nzcricket174 on (February 14, 2012, 2:37 GMT)

Country over club unless you play IPL; easy decision.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2012, 2:27 GMT)

Don't know what all the moaning is about, he wasn't expecting to get a re call back into the test squad and when he did, he deserved to be in the test team, there is no binding contract, just a verbal agreement, how can you expect someone to come back when they are excelling in the international arena?

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