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Glamorgan sign West Indies all-rounder Sammy

Glamorgan have signed West Indian all-rounder Darren Sammy for the T20 season. He will join Glamorgan until the domestic twenty overs competition starts in the Caribbean.

Glamorgan chief executive and director of cricket, Hugh Morris said: "Darren's skills with bat and ball have delighted crowds all around the world in Twenty20 competitions in recent years so we're delighted to welcome him to Glamorgan."

First Minister: Ashes opener 'fantastic news for Wales'

The First Minister has described news that the Ashes 2015 opener will be held in Cardiff as 'fantastic for Wales' - and says he hopes it will inspire a new generation to take up cricket.

We proved the critics wrong when we hosted the opening Test Match here in 2009 and are becoming renowned for our ability to successfully stage some of the highest profile events in the world.

Attracting major events not only boosts our international profile, but has clear benefits for our economy. The 2009 series alone is estimated to have brought in around £2.4million to Wales.

I'm sure cricket fans across Wales will be delighted by this news and I hope it will inspire a new generation of fans to take up the sport and get behind their local county cricket team.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones

Glamorgan Cricket 'delighted' to host Ashes opener

Glamorgan Cricket's Chief Executive said the club is 'delighted' that its headquarters - the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff - will host the opening Ashes 2015 test.

It promises to be an exciting and hugely anticipated contest, as one the world's most renowned sporting rivalries resumes in Cardiff.

As in 2009, the Investec Ashes Series will be one of the major highlights of the sporting year, with huge crowds and superb action on the field. The iconic scenes of Monty Panesar and Jimmy Anderson's last wicket stand was one of the great memories of that Series and vital in the eventual outcome of the 2009 Ashes.

– Hugh Morris, Glamorgan Cricket Chief Executive

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Cardiff's SWALEC Stadium confirmed for Ashes opener

Cardiff's SWALEC Stadium will host the Ashes opener Credit: Gareth Copley/PA Wire

The Ashes 2015 will open at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff, it has been confirmed.

The England & Wales Cricket Board today confirmed the full international programme for the summer of 2015 with tours by New Zealand and Australia.

The first Test will take place at the stadium on July 8.

Glamorgan confirm bid to host ICC from 2015

Glamorgan have confirmed the club has bid to host the International Cricket Council (ICC) at the SWALEC Stadium from next year onwards.

The Welsh Government and Cardiff Council are also involved in the application.

Glamorgan Cricket confirm a collaborative bid with Welsh Government and Cardiff Council has been submitted to host the International Cricket Council (ICC) at the SWALEC Stadium from 2015 onwards.

The positive working relationship with the Club’s stakeholders, primarily Welsh Government and Cardiff Council, has been a hugely important factor in the success of international cricket in Wales since Cardiff became a Category A Test Match Venue.

Discussions are at a very early stage and ongoing, with Cardiff being only one of a number of possibilities being considered.

– Glamorgan Cricket statement

ICC: Proposals to be discussed by board next week

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed recommendations over its future have been put together by its Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee, and are due to be discussed by the committee and ICC board next week.

The recommendations, which have been put together by a working group of ICC’s Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee (F&CA), are to be discussed by the full F&CA and ICC Board when it meets in Dubai from 27-29 January.

The ICC will only make a comment on this matter once the Board has had the opportunity to meet and properly consider the proposals.

– International Cricket Council spokesman

Cardiff in contention to become global cricket base

Cardiff is in contention to become a base for international cricket's governing body.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is considering moving its administrative base from its current location in Dubai, either here to Wales, to Singapore, or Colombo in Sri Lanka.

Cardiff's Swalec Stadium hosted five games in the ICC Champions Trophy last year. Credit: PA

The proposals have been put forward by an ICC committee, and are due to be discussed at a board meeting in Dubai next week.

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