Telegraph calls for Welsh Fire cricket team to be rebranded and play games outside Wales
‘The Hundred’ cricket team Welsh Fire should be rebranded as Western Fire and play games outside of Cardiff, according to the Telegraph’s main cricket correspondents.
The Welsh Fire men’s and women’s team, who play out of Sofia Gardens in Cardiff, finished 7th and 8th in the eight-team league.
Under a joint byline, the Telegraph’s cricket correspondentssaid that the team should represent south-west England as well as Wales.
“The number of teams does not have to be increased from eight: the talent is spread thinly enough as it is, although the standard should rise if Covid restrictions ease and more starry names from overseas can attend,” they wrote.
“But the South-West, one of England’s great cricket hotbeds, is completely excluded at present. So turn Welsh Fire – and it is not as if they have set Wales on fire, judging by the team’s performances or the crowds that have gone to the Swalec Stadium – into Western Fire, and have them play at Cardiff, Bristol and perhaps Taunton.”
The article did not mention that Welsh Fire’s crowds were capped for much of the season at just over 3,000 by Welsh government regulations.
Despite their name Welsh Fire represent Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Somerset. ‘Western Fire’ was registered as a trademark on behalf of the organisers, in the hope of attracting more supporters from the West of England rather than exclusively from Wales.
However, organisers ultimately plumped for Welsh Fire.