The inquest into the death of former Surrey batsman Tom Maynard was held today (Tuesday February 26th) at a Coroner’s Court in central London.
The inquest returned a verdict of accidental death.
The following statement has been issued by Surrey CCC:
Shortly after Tom’s death the club conducted a comprehensive internal review in order to fully understand the circumstances of his passing.
The review was conducted by Chief Executive Richard Gould with full oversight from board members Lord Grabiner and Robert Elliott.
The report returned the following conclusions:
- Players in leadership positions must always set the very best example, both on and off the pitch.
- Players considered high risk must receive constant guidance; with a development plan that must be adhered to if they are to remain with the Club. Coaches and staff require additional and regular training in order to spot the symptoms of alcohol and drugs use.
- The Club should work harder to create an environment where players in trouble come to us first, so we can help them resolve situations properly and quickly. Other external influences may not always be positive.
- We should initiate a formal process to identify key performance behaviours with full cooperation from all squad members and coaching staff. This will include the adoption of an alcohol and drugs policy which will be applicable to all.
- Surrey CCC will seek to gain the support of players, the England and Wales Cricket Board and Professional Cricketers Association in order to protect players through a drugs policy which includes a more comprehensive social drug testing programme.
Since the report, which was written in September 2012, these points have all been taken on and activated.
This incident was a terrible human tragedy and we again extend our condolences to the Maynard family and to Tom Maynard’s many friends and colleagues both within the professional game and further afield. The results of this inquest do not define Tom Maynard as a man or alter in any way the futility of his passing.
The following joint statement has been issued by ECB and Surrey CCC:
In the light of today’s verdict, ECB and Surrey CCC would like to re-iterate that this incident was a terrible human tragedy and again extend our condolences to the Maynard family and to Tom Maynard’s many friends and colleagues within the professional game.
While the ECB accepts that recreational drug use is a part of modern society, we do not condone it and will take all reasonable steps to prevent its use within the game. We also believe we have a responsibility to educate all our players and are committed to supporting any player who needs help in this area
Surrey CCC began its own investigations into conduct at the end of last season and introduced a team-wide anti-drug policy which all players and management are required to abide by. Working in partnership with ECB and PCA further recommendations have been initiated.
The ECB Board has recently agreed to develop an out of competition testing programme to encompass recreational drugs, in co-operation with the PCA.
These measures will supplement ECB’s existing anti-doping programme which involves in and out of competition testing through UK Anti-Doping in compliance with the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) Code and financial support which ECB provides to PCA for player education and support programmes.
The ECB’s testing programme applies to all registered County players and up to 200 tests are carried out on average each year. This approximates to around 35-40 per cent of the overall number of registered professional players. Last year one player (Abdur Rehman of Somerset) tested positive for cannabis following an in-competition test.
England players are tested in addition as part of the ICC’s own anti-doping programme for all international cricketers which are also WADA compliant. To date, no England player has tested positive under these programmes.
ECB and Surrey CCC would like to end by echoing the statement issued by the Maynard family earlier today. The results of this inquest do not define Tom Maynard or alter in any way the tragedy of his passing. Tom was a great man and a great cricketer and will be remembered forever by everyone who had the privilege to know him.
The following statement has been issued by the Professional Cricketers’ Association on behalf of the Maynard family:
The PCA is saddened by the information which has come to light from the inquest into Tom Maynard’s death – confirming both its support for Tom’s family, friends and team-mates at this difficult time, and its commitment to assisting players via its Personal Development and Welfare programme.
Through the PCA, the Maynard family make the following comment:
“The results of the inquest do not define our son. The fact that so very many people thought the world of him is what defines him as a person.
”The only people who would judge Tom on the findings of the inquest are people who didn’t know him. He made choices that night that tragically cost him his life but his devastated family and friends will love and miss him unconditionally, always.
“He was a very special person and his death leaves a huge hole in all our lives.”
The PCA’s “Mind Matters” tutorials, launched in 2012, educate players on issues ranging from alcohol and drugs to anxiety and depression, and these issues represent a major focus for the Association and its Personal Development and Welfare team in the coming year.
Cricket has a comprehensive anti-doping programme, which has been in place for a number of years. Whilst the focus of this programme is primarily on performance-enhancing drugs, it does include in-competition testing for recreational drugs, and the very rare incidence of positive results suggests that cricket has no more of a problem in this regard than society as a whole.
The PCA is supporting the ECB in its examination of the feasibility of out-of-competition testing for recreational drugs, and confirms its support for such an initiative as long as it is linked to appropriate arrangements for treatment and rehabilitation in the event of a positive test.
Angus Porter, PCA Chief Executive, commented, “We, along with Surrey CCC, Glamorgan CCC and the ECB have supported everyone impacted both directly and indirectly by Tom’s death, collectively with bereavement counselling, and individually where necessary. As a cricketing family, we shall continue to provide full support wherever it is needed. Amongst the headlines which will inevitably be generated by the inquest findings, consideration must now be given to the Maynard family who are experiencing a further wave of tragedy. We must all now move forward and remember Tom as a tremendously talented young man who had so much to look forward to. We must focus on building a positive legacy in his memory.”
The Tom Maynard Trust was set up immediately after Tom’s death to give aspiring young sportsmen and women the opportunities needed to build successful professional careers.
Martyn Ryan, Chairman of the TMT, said, “We now hope that all efforts will be placed on remembering Tom as a hugely talented cricketer who spread happiness to everybody who he connected with as a son, brother, grandson or friend. We hope that collectively through the Trust a great number of young people can benefit in his name.”
The Trust has recently agreed to sponsor the PCA’s annual Rookie Camp (and the wider Personal Development Programme) to be held on 28 February, where 24 first year professionals will gather to be educated on a host of vital ‘important to know facts’ and given ‘tool kits’ which can help them navigate the challenges of life as a professional cricketer.