The benefits would be great:
- give more cricketers in Wales the opportunity to play in a World cup
- raise cricket awareness amongst Wales’ youngsters
- increase nationalistic pride
- Give those of us who are not quite good the chance to spend a couple of weeks in slightly more tropical conditions!
Ireland and Scotland, meanwhile, are able to field an international side as well as entering a one-day domestic competition with the counties.
This, combined with the fact that Wales generally have higher quality players than our Celtic cousins, should mean that Glamorgan should be able to maintain their full-status within the domestic structure. It is appreciated that this must be the case if such a scheme is going to work because in no way would one wish to devalue Glamorgan’s status.
With over £7 million being invested in developing Sophia Gardens into one of the top cricket venues in the UK, Wales could have a base to be proud of. Crucially, since 'Team England' would remain as the official test side for England & Wales (at least in the short-term) and the likes of Simon Jones would carry on playing for England in the same way as Ed Joyce, there would be no need to take future Test matches away from Cardiff. It is an important source of income not only for Glamorgan CCC but also to Cardiff as a City – as would any international involving Wales be.
We have seen from important Glamorgan matches and the Wales-England matches that the support is out there and people would be ready to embrace an international side in the same way as the Scots an Irish have done.