Carwyn Jones believes Wales should have an ODI team

Carwyn Jones believes Wales should have an ODI team

Interestingly, during the years 2002 to 2004, the Wales played competitive cricket with the English side.

Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones
Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones speaks to the media. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

Carwyn Jones, the Welsh politician and the First Minister of Wales, has recently remarked that the Wales must have their own cricket team in the One day format of the game. He conceded that it is actually quite strange to see Ireland and Scotland having their individual international teams while the Welsh cricketers are deprived of it. Currently, they are a part of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Carwyn Jones opined that the idea of having a separate team can actually work out well if they are ensured of Glamorgan County Cricket Club not being financially hit by the move. As per the quotes in the bbc.com, he conceded that the issue has been on his mind for quite some time. Interestingly, during the years 2002 to 2004, the Wales played competitive cricket with the English side.

“This is an issue I’ve certainly supported in the past. Certainly a one day team … not a Test team, I don’t think we are playing close to that level. But it is odd that we see Ireland and Scotland playing in international tournaments and not Wales. We did have a one-day team at one point for a few years,” quoted Carwyn Jones.

On Glamorgan being financially hit

He reiterated the fact that the concerns over the impact of such a move on Glamorgan remains to be a concern. At present, being a part of the ECB is certainly very beneficial to them considering the financial front. However, the dream to have a separate team remains on the cards. The Wales team had registered a shock win against England back in 2002 in a one day fixture.

“I know there are concerns in Glamorgan because of the financial advantage they get being part of the England and Wales Cricket Board. But from my perspective I’d very much like to see us represented internationally at cricket as long as, of course, there’s no financial hit on Glamorgan and their ability to play at the highest level,” he conceded further.