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Petitions Committee

The Petitions Committee heard evidence in support of a Welsh national cricket team on 13 March 2012.

Matthew Bumford, the petitioner calling for the establishment of a national team, argued that players should be given the choice to play for Wales.

He asked the committee to approach their counterparts in Scotland and Ireland to hear about their progress in developing their own national cricket teams and was supported by Jonathan Edwards MP who said that this would be an opportunity to develop Wales' elite cricket players.

Opposing the petition, Dr Huw Jones from Sport Wales argued that it would put the game in jeopardy as it would lose financial support from the English Cricket Board (ECB) and would limit the internationals played at the SWALEC stadium in Sophia Gardens.

Peter Hybart of Cricket Wales explained that Welsh cricket receives around £800,000 in funding from the ECB each year and that this would be cut if it breaks away from the ECB and forms its own independent team.

Mr Bumford responded that Wales would be playing home international games in its own right and that it would be eligible for funding from the International Cricket Council instead.

Noise pollution from wind turbines, free sunscreen for children and more ladies toilets at entertainment venues were some of the other petitions discussed at the morning's committee.

Read this in Welsh.

Petitions Committee membership


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