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Glamorgan hoping cricket will be centre stage

In light of fresh betting allegations made by the News of the World Glamorgan are hoping todays Twenty20 clash between England and Pakistan will take centre stage.

After shocking the cricketing world last week with allegations of a spot-fixing during last weeks Lords Test; the News of the World has printed more allegations including claims of match fixing.

With dark clouds hovering over the Pakistan team they will be hoping a change of format brings success against the current Twenty20 World Cup champions.

Despite further allegations Glamorgan are confident of attracting a near sell out crowd with over 11,000 sold so far for the first match at the SWALEC Stadium.

"After the players were pulled out of the match on Thursday we were hoping people would be talking about the cricket," said Glamorgan chief executive Alan Hamer.

"But, clearly after the recent events, people are still talking about the three players and not the game. I am hoping the focus can return to the cricket and not about last week’s match at Lord’s," he added.

"We were a bit perturbed about the News of the World‘s response which suggest there would be some further allegations. We would like to concentrate on the game and we saw an increase in ticket sales on Thursday following the announcement the three players were not involved."

"Hopefully people are starting to focus on the match and come down to see a cricket match, which is vital for Glamorgan."

"The way it works is that each of the grounds pays a fee to the ECB to stage the match and everything we take at the game whether it be tickets, bar sales or hospitality, we keep."

"We are in a position where ticket sales at the start of the week were poor which would impact on us. But there was a significant increase on Thursday and we are hoping any financial risk to Glamorgan would have been reduced."

"The finances will depend on how many tickets we sell and we are still confident both games will be a sell-out and the matches will be remembered for the right reasons."

source - cricket20.com
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