The father of Tom Maynard, who died last summer aged 23, is stepping back from cricket for the foreseeable future.
Former England and Glamorgan coach Matthew Maynard is returning to Wales after ending his time with Nashua Titans in South Africa.
Maynard turned down the opportunity to extend his time in Africa by two more seasons and has decided to take a break from the game for personal reasons after a difficult 12 months.
The coach’s son, Tom Maynard, played for Surrey and died last year when his body was found on a railway track in south-east London.
An inquest into the 23-year-old’s death came to a conclusion in February, when it was said the young cricketer was an habitual cocaine user and was electrocuted on the train tracks after running from police in the early hours of the morning.
Maynard’s father has now said that he needs to take some time away from the game, after trying to continue coaching following his son’s death.
“It’s been extremely tough, but I’d committed to coming over here [South Africa],” Matthew Maynard was quoted on Sky Sports.
“I know I’ve not been the same coach this year so I want to see in time whether I get that back or not and I’ve got to find something else to do now.”
Maynard has not stated when he plans to return to cricket, if at all, after leading the Titans to the Ram Slam T20 final on Sunday where they were defeated by Highveld Lions.
The 47-year-old featured briefly for England in his playing career but mainly shined at county level for Glamorgan, both as an exciting batsman and then later a well respected coach.