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Walker appointed Glamorgan chief

Peter Walker
Peter Walker played for Glamorgan between 1956 and 1972

Former all-rounder Peter Walker has begun his job as the new president of Glamorgan Cricket Club.

The 72-year-old, a member of the 1969 Glamorgan county Championship winning side, had secured more votes than the present incumbent David East.

The controversial figure described the Swalec Stadium as an "unfriendly Gulag" in his presidential election address.

Walker bid for the post after not being given reasons when chief executive Mike Fatkin and groundsman Len Smith left.

The Glamorgan committee supported the re-election of East, but Walker's term began immediately after the club's annual general meeting on Tuesday.

In his presidential address, Walker cited "five simple objectives" for his candidacy.

That including re-establishing the "welcome" feeling, improving the team, giving cricketing matters a "high priority" and ensuring "transparency" in announcements of public interest.

606: DEBATE

Walker, capped three times by England, also claimed there were "feelings of suspicion and mistrust" the club that he would address.

Walker previously said he was alarmed at the level of debt incurred by the club in redeveloping Sophia Gardens into the 16,000 Test-standard ground that will hold the first Ashes Test on 8 July.

The committee defended not explaining the departures of chief executive Fatkin and head groundsman Smith due to "confidentiality obligations owed to Mike and Len".

Both men had served the club for more than 20 years but left last September.

Fatkin was part of the Glamorgan executive responsible for securing Sophia Gardens as a Test-standard venue and its current transformation into the 16,000-capacity Swalec Stadium.

Yet Fatkin left Glamorgan admitting there were "differences" of opinion in the way the club should go forward.

Smith, replaced by new groundsman Keith Exton, departed soon after and a statement said he had told the club he wished to "explore the possibility of taking early retirement".

A Glamorgan statement said: "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.

"Mr East has worked tirelessly fundraising and promoting both the team and the new stadium."



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