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Glamorgan replace Jamie Dalrymple with Alviro Petersen

Jamie Dalrymple
Jamie Dalrymple has been on the Glamorgan staff for three years

Glamorgan have replaced Jamie Dalrymple as captain and appointed new overseas signing Alviro Petersen as skipper.

Petersen, 29 is currently touring with the South Africa squad in the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan.

The previous overseas star, Australian Mark Cosgrove, has been offered a contract for the T20 Cup and Glamorgan await the batsman's response.

"The management was under pressure from the committee to improve results," said Glamorgan chairman Paul Russell.

"We had to act and we believed one of our issues was leadership."

While Dalrymple has been replaced as captain, Russell hoped that the player would remain at Glamorgan, along with director of cricket Matthew Maynard.

"That is his [Dalrymple's] decision, we'd be delighted if he continued with us as a player," Russell added.

"Matthew Maynard's future with the club is certain, he's an iconic representative of the club and we believe a highly talented coach. It's my personal mission to do everything I can to retain him."

Petersen is also one of only three South African players to reach a century on their Test debut, when he scored 100 against India at Eden Gardens, Kolkata in February.

In the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai, Petersen scored 67 out of an opening partnership of 151 with Graeme Smith.

"He's [Petersen] a proven leader, an established Test match player and has one of the best one-day playing records," said Russell, who travelled out to the United Arab Emirates with chief executive Alan Hamer to watch the player.

"We were in Dubai where we watched him and Graeme Smith put on 156 for the first wicket. His contract is for one season and one of his roles is to develop a successor from within the county's playing ranks."

The changes at the helm come after Glamorgan staged a review of the 2010 season which saw the county come up short in all three competitions.

"We are delighted to have secured Alviro's services for next season," added chief executive Hamer.

"We are an ambitious club and share our supporters' desire to bring success back to the club.

"In particular, Glamorgan's record in one-day cricket over the past few years has been very poor and the appointment of Alviro as our captain forms a crucial part of the club's strategy to improve our playing fortunes over the coming seasons.

Alviro Petersen who is leaving South Africa to skipper Glamorgan Cricket
Having spoken to my fellow South African team mates, I am aware of their proud history

Alviro Petersen

"As well as being a high quality international player, he is also an outstanding leader and we look forward to working with him as we strive for improvements in our performances."

A club statement said the post of Glamorgan captain was appointed annually by the committee and Petersen would take over from Dalrymple.

"I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank Jamie Dalrymple for his services as captain for the past two seasons," said Hamer.

Petersen is currently the captain of the Highveld Lions and prominent in the team's regular batting line-up. Amongst his team-mates are former South Africa internationals Andre Nel and Neil McKenzie.

Petersen said: "I look forward to joining Glamorgan and to working closely with the players and coaching staff.

"Having spoken to my fellow South African team mates, I am aware of their proud history, the passionate support and of their desire to return to being a successful team."

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see also
Cosgrove wants Glamorgan return
12 Nov 10 |  Glamorgan
Dalrymple made Glamorgan captain
24 Oct 08 |  Glamorgan
Dalrymple to make Glamorgan debut
15 Apr 08 |  Glamorgan
Dalrymple pens Glamorgan contract
23 Nov 07 |  Glamorgan
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