Glamorgan have signed South African opening batsman Alviro Petersen and appointed him as captain for the 2011 season, replacing Jamie Dalrymple as skipper.
Petersen, 29, scored a century on Test debut for South Africa against India in Kolkata earlier this year and he will replace Australian Mark Cosgrove as Glamorgan's full-time overseas player next season. Negotiations are ongoing to try to get Cosgrove to return as the second overseas player for the Twenty20 competition, however.
“We are delighted to have secured Alviro’s services for next season. We are an ambitious club and share our supporters/members desire to bring success back to the Club," Glamorgan chief executive Alan Hamer told the club's official website (www.glamorgancricket.com).
“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.
“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."
Petersen, who captains the Lions in South African domestic cricket, added:
“I look forward to joining Glamorgan Cricket 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."
Former England international Dalrymple captained Glamorgan in 2009 and 2010 following his switch from Middlesex in 2008.
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