Toby Radford: Glamorgan head coach targets overseas recruits

By Nick WebbBBC Sport Wales
Toby Radford and Darren Sammy
Darren Sammy (right) poses with Toby Radford after joining Glamorgan in 2014

Glamorgan head coach Toby Radford says he is watching cricket around the world in a bid to find recruits.

Radford has targeted an overseas T20 player and also wants a seam bowler on loan, following West Indies and former Glamorgan all-rounder Darren Sammy's move to Nottinghamshire.

The short gap between the Indian and Caribbean Premier Leagues is limiting the number of potential signings.

"We're certainly looking round in all world cricket," Radford said.

"We've been watching the (Australian) Big Bash and seeing if there's any players that could come in… we haven't made any firm decision."

Sammy was a popular recruit for Glamorgan's T20 squad last year.

The 31-year-old has signed for Nottinghamshire for part of this season's T20 competition, and Radford would like to make a similar signing.

"Sammy is a great guy and is always playing with a smile on his face," Radford added.

James Kettleborough
James Kettleborough has joined Glamorgan on a two-year contract from Northamptonshire

"He's fantastic, especially for the marketing men, but the difficulty potentially is his availability.

"Someone like Sammy would be available for four or five matches and we we'd want someone who'd be available for a longer part of the season.

"Ideally you want someone you believe can deliver, and someone the club can use to create a big buzz and interest about the place."

Glamorgan are set to field new South Africa one-day international batsmen Colin Ingram and James Kettleborough at the start of the season while loan signing, Somerset all-rounder Craig Meschede, is also pushing for a first-team place.

Ingram has scored two centuries and two fifties in his four first-class matches since the turn of the year, as well as an impressive tally of 352 runs in five limited-overs matches.

"I'm looking forward to seeing Colin Ingram coming in, he's had a fantastic winter in South Africa," added Radford.

"James Kettleborough coming in from Northants is a young batsman who I've known at Middlesex and he's a gutsy player full of concentration, the type of guy we'd want to bat long innings at Cardiff.

"Craig Meschede's just had his first net with us this week and is fitting in quickly, he's a very attacking batter in the lower middle order and bowls a heavy medium pace ball as first change."

Glamorgan begin their pre-season friendlies against Gloucestershire at the Swalec Stadium on 16 March, with a first-class match against Cardiff MCCU on 2 April.

The Welsh county begin their Championship campaign in Division Two against Leicestershire on 12 April.

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