Family of Tom Maynard pay tribute to ‘very special person’

20:41 26 February 2013

The inquest returned a verdict of accidental death. File picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The inquest returned a verdict of accidental death. File picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The family of Tom Maynard, who died after he was electrocuted on a railway line and struck by a Tube train, have said the results of today’s inquest do not define their son.

Westminster Coroner’s Court heard today the Surrey batsman was nearly four times the legal limit to drive at the time of his death.

He had also taken cocaine and ecstasy in the form of MDMA after a night out with his two flatmates in Wandsworth last June.

In a statement, the family said: “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 England and Wales Cricket Board has also pledged to take all “reasonable steps” to stop cricketers using recreational drugs in the aftermath of the inquest

Surrey have already introduced team-wide anti-drug policy which all players and management are required to abide by.

The ECB and Surrey issued a joint statement following the accidental death verdict reached by the inquest at Westminster Coroners’ Court.

It read: “In the light of today’s verdict, ECB and Surrey CCC would like to reiterate 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.”

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