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Glamorgan angry after Twenty20 snub

Glamorgan chairman Paul Russell has demanded answers from cricket chiefs over the Welsh county’s Twenty20 snub.

Matthew Maynard’s men were told to forget dreams of a quarter-final place after last night’s ECB disciplinary hearing threw Yorkshire out of the lucrative tournament for fielding an ineligible player during the group stages.

Instead, it is Nottinghamshire who will now travel to Durham for a place in the last four, despite finishing with fewer points than Glamorgan.

And after being not even invited to put their case forward in front of the panel, an angry Russell said: “I am very disappointed with the decision.

“I will be speaking to Giles Clarke (ECB chairman) to find out why a team with fewer points than us has taken Yorkshire’s place in the last eight at our expense.

“And I want to know why we were not invited when this whole episode impacted on us – we need answers from the ECB.”

Yorkshire’s quarter-final clash at the Riverside was cancelled at the last minute earlier this week when it was discovered 17-year-old Azeem Rafiq was not registered to play in a crucial group game against Notts.

And it was thought Glamorgan could be handed a Twenty20 lifeline if the White Rose country were disqualified, having ended the group stages as the next best runner-up.

That could have meant the chance of a lucrative finals day pay boost for the Dragons was back on – as well as a possible place in the inaugural Twenty20 Champions League.

But the panel’s finding at Old Trafford declared it was Notts, who finished behind Yorkshire in their group, who would go through after their case was put forward by officials at the hearing, chaired by former Northamptonshire chairman Simon Schanschieff.

Yorkshire will decide whether to appeal the decision over the next 24 hours.

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