Glamorgan, who lost their director of cricket, Matthew Maynard, yesterday after he resigned in disgust at not being consulted about the recruitment of the South African Alviro Petersen as the new club captain or a coaching shake-up, have been rocked by two more departures.
Jamie Dalrymple, the captain for the past two seasons, said he was resigning because he had no respect for the Glamorgan chairman, Paul Russell, while the club's president, Peter Walker, felt he could not carry on because the decisions to appoint Petersen and demote Maynard were not properly debated by the club's committee and he lamented a lack of transparency.
Dalrymple – who, like Maynard, has taken legal advice – was told on Monday that he was being stripped of the captaincy, a few hours before the club's committee met to discuss the recommendations of the cricket review panel, which included the appointment of Petersen as captain on a one-year contract with Colin Metson, a former Glamorgan wicket-keeper, becoming director of cricket and overseeing a first-team coach.
"The manner in which the chairman chose to do this demonstrates a loss of trust and confidence in me and leaves me with no respect for him," said Dalrymple, who had one year left on his contract after joining from Middlesex in 2008. "The decisions were made without consultation or prior notice with me. It rendered my position untenable. The first I knew of any of these fundamental management and cricket decisions was on Monday afternoon when the chairman phoned to inform me of a fait accompli."
Walker, who had 17 years as a Glamorgan player up to 1972, said it had been a miserable week "Everything about cricket has been ignored. The club has become a commercial operation and I feel for the members who must wonder what is going on.
"I have a lot of respect for Paul Russell, but what we were presented with at the committee meeting on Monday night was a fait accompli. There was no debate. That was it. I do not understand how we expect to do well by getting rid of so many key players on and off the field. It has not been handled well: there should have been discussion and combined views. We could have given supporters a great 2011 but I would not put money on it now. There should be more transparency round here: unless there is, there will be more days like this."
Glamorgan wanted Maynard, who had a 20-year playing career with the county, to stay on as first-team coach but he felt his position had been undermined and made untenable once three Glamorgan officials flew to Dubai to speak to the 29-year old Petersen and offer him the captaincy this month without his knowledge. It is understood that he has taken legal advice to see whether he has a case for constructive dismissal.
Glamorgan did not comment on the resignations of Dalrymple and Walker.
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