A REPORT into Welsh cricket has told Glamorgan bosses the county must place more emphasis on developing local talent.
Former England batsman Brian Rose was appointed to conduct an independent review of the structure of Glamorgan and Welsh cricket.
After being handed his report earlier this month, Rose has also been retained by Glamorgan as a cricket consultant.
Rose scored more than 13,000 first class runs for Somerset and England including captaining his county to five one-day trophies.
This was before he became Director of Cricket at Taunton in 2005 and helped Somerset become one of the leading forces in the county game.
These credentials persuaded bosses he had the experience and impartiality to provide an independent view of the structure of Glamorgan and Welsh cricket.
In particular, Rose recommended Glamorgan should place much greater emphasis on developing its own talent, while also work more closely with Cricket Wales to oversee the development of the most talented 11 to 15 year old cricketers.
In summary, the interim report endorses the key cricketing objectives contained in Glamorgan’s Strategic Plan, a copy of which was circulated to members earlier this year.
Rose also noted that most of the necessary building blocks were already in place and that the partnerships with Cricket Wales, Wales Minor Counties, Cardiff MCCU and the Premier Cricket Leagues provided an opportunity to deliver sustainable improvements to the game in Wales.
The Glamorgan committee has invited Rose to continue to advise the county on cricketing matters for the remainder of this season.
“In compiling my report, I have been impressed by the passion and enthusiasm displayed by all parties and their unstinting determination to transform the fortunes of Welsh cricket,” said Rose.
“It will take hard work and a realisation about the standards needed to achieve results in a competitive environment.
“I would like to thank all those that I met and I look forward to working closely with both Glamorgan and Cricket Wales over the coming months as we start to implement the agreed recommendations.”
Glamorgan chairman Barry O’Brien added; “We are very grateful to Brian Rose for providing the Glamorgan committee with an independent endorsement of our Strategic Plan.
“Whilst Brian has made a number of detailed recommendations, he shares the committee’s view that the key to sustainable success is to develop increased numbers of home grown talented players.”
Matthew Mott, Glamorgan’s Head of Elite Performance, welcomed Rose’s continued involvement with the club.
“I welcome the committee’s decision to retain Brian’s services until the end of the season,” said Mott.
“His extensive experience will be of significant benefit to both Glamorgan and Welsh cricket.
“From a personal perspective I look forward to myself and the rest of the coaching team exchanging ideas with such an experienced consultant.”