Former player leads attack

Chairman warned he could lose members' confidence

Cricinfo staff

October 17, 2005

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Glamorgan chairman Paul Russell has been warned that his threat to move the county's headquarters out of Cardiff could lead to dissent among the club's members.

Russell was dismayed last week when Cardiff County Council objected to plans to build a new arena at Sophia Gardens. Russell claimed that the decision would curtail his plans to bring Test cricket to Cardiff, and suggested the county might have to move their headquarters to Swansea or Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Roger Davis, who played for Glamorgan between 1964-76 and served on the committee for five years in the 1990s, told the icWales website: "There are enough established Test grounds whose capacity far outstrips that of Cardiff, and then you've also got the Riverside and the Rose Bowl in the queue before Sophia Gardens.

"I would urge Glamorgan to run the club for its members who want to watch county cricket at a ground for first-class cricket. If that is threatened, then I believe the members will lose confidence in the chairman."

Davis, who is best known for stepping over the boundary after catching Garry Sobers during his record six sixes in an over, also forecast problems with finding a new venue: "Has anyone seen the state of St. Helen's (in Swansea) lately or can you imagine playing in Pontypridd? It would cost £6 million or £7 million to build a new ground and where would that money come from?"

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