Carwyn Jones wants Wales to have international one-day team

The Swalec Stadium. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/PA Images

First Minister Carwyn Jones has called for Wales to have an international one-day cricket team.

Jones' comments, during First Minster's Questions, come after Ireland were awarded full membership to the International Cricket Council last month and given the go-ahead to play Test matches against the world's best.

Scotland also play one-day internationals as a separate entity, and now Wales' foremost politician has suggested the country should follow suit provided there was no "financial hit" on Glamorgan County Cricket Club.

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.

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.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister