Walker named Glamorgan president

Peter Walker - one of Glamorgan`s greatest ever fielders Glamorgan CCC Archives / © Glamorgan County Cricket Club

Peter Walker, the former Glamorgan allrounder, has been appointed president of the club, replacing David East.

Walker attracted controversy earlier this month when he referred to Glamorgan's home ground, the Swalec Stadium, as an "unfriendly gulag" during his presidential election address. Walker, 72, has previously spoken of his concern at the level of debt the club now faces following the redevelopment of Sophia Gardens into a 16,000-seater stadium fit for international cricket. It will host the first Ashes Test on July 8.

His appointment as president follows the departures of Mike Fatkin, the chief executive, and head groundsman Len Smith, though the club have refused to explain the reasons behind their exists. Fatkin did admit, however, that there were differences of opinion in how the club intended to move forward.

"Glamorgan Cricket would like to thank David East, for the enormous amount of work that he has undertaken over the last 12 months as the club's president," a statement read. "Mr East has worked tirelessly fundraising and promoting both the team and the new stadium."