Planning permission for new arena denied October 14, 2005

Glamorgan threaten to quit Cardiff

Cricinfo staff

Glamorgan chairman Paul Russell has warned that the county may quit Cardiff after the local council objected to a new arena at Sophia Gardens.

The news means that Glamorgan's 'Test for Wales' bid to bring Tests to Cardiff by 2013 is in tatters. They are considering a move to Swansea or Rhondda Cynon Taf.

"This decision is enormously disappointing; our plans are in disarray," Russell told the icWales website. "This decision effectively means we cannot make progress to improve Sophia Gardens as a whole and redevelop our ground.

"We meet next Thursday to consider everything, even relocating Glamorgan CC elsewhere. We have had approaches from Swansea and Rhondda Cynon Taf. A move could prove advantageous."

Glamorgan have played at Sophia Gardens since 1967, taking up the lease in November 1995. It was the venue for Bangladesh's stunning five-wicket win over Australia in June this year.