County news April 3, 2013

Allenby frustrated but committed at Glamorgan

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jim Allenby, the Glamorgan allrounder, remains committed to the club after considering leaving the county.

Allenby, 30, was stripped of the T20 captaincy for 2013 in favour of Australian overseas player Marcus North after leading the side in just five matches last season.

He and Mark Wallace, the four-day captain, had shared the one-day captaincy in 2012 but now North will take on the role in both T20 and YB40 cricket.

"Initially I was extremely disappointed," Allenby told the Western Mail. "I felt after only captaining for five games I was not given a proper run at it. I would be lying if I said I had not considered my future and whether my ambitions might be met elsewhere.

"But these things happen in sport where decisions are made which you don't agree with. I have accepted the decision and completely moved on and I am 100% behind Mark and Marcus. I am absolutely committed to Glamorgan."

In a campaign ruined by the weather, Allenby only had five matches to make his mark as captain. Glamorgan lost three matches but did manage to do the double over Warwickshire. But he is keen for another crack at leadership.

"It has been an ambition of mine for a long time to captain sides because I enjoy the role and feel I am good at it," Allenby said, having missed the club's preseason tour to Potchefstroom with an ongoing medical condition. "Whether I am a future Glamorgan captain we will have to wait and see who is making the decisions. But I still have those ambitions and feel the experiences I have had over the last couple of years will stand me in good stead."

Allenby was the leading allrounder in first-class cricket last season and was named Glamorgan's player of the year. But he is is out of contract at the end of the season and a move away from Cardiff could be his next step.

Since joining from Leicestershire, initially on loan in August 2009, only in 2010 - when Glamorgan missed out on Championship promotion by five points - have Glamorgan been challenging for honours.

"I have a mortgage and only one career which I am in the middle of," Allenby said. "I have spoken with the club this year and last year and told them my ambitions are to win trophies and play at the highest level I can. This has not changed and I would love for at least one of those things to happen here and all problems would be solved.

"I will be playing my cricket where I think I can achieve those goals. I have made no secret of that and will tell anyone who asks me. I want to fulfil my goals here but if it is not we will look at things again. We will see how the next few months go."

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  • Ian on April 6, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    I think anyone given only five games' trial, then replaced by the perennially mediocre Marcus North has the right to feel a little bit put out!

    Maybe it was the carrot needed to sign North? If so, the best thing Allenby can do is to just outperform him, and I reckon that's not as unlikely as it might sound to some.

  • Roo on April 4, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    Obviously Glamorgan have looked at the full season & what is best for all the teams in the various formats... Maybe Jim had sour grapes about being de-throned by another Sandgroper (WA) :P ... Or maybe its the fact he will play for anyone to get a championship & left Oz when we were strong & now he must look like he left at the wrong time & should have moved States instead - Qld, Tas or Vic & gained some silverware & maybe even higher honors... You reap what you sow...

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