PCA chief Porter reveals Maynard wasn't tested for drugs last season before death
16:57 GMT, 3 March 2013
16:57 GMT, 3 March 2013
Professional Cricketers' Association chief Angus Porter has revealed Tom Maynard was not drug tested last season before his death in June.
Maynard was killed in the early hours of June 18 after he was electrocuted and hit by a tube train near Wimbledon Park station.
Maynard had been trying to evade police after abandoning his car, and a Westminster Coroners' Court was told last week that he was four-times the legal alcohol limit to drive and that he had also taken cocaine and ecstasy on the night of the accident.
Tragic death: Tom Maynard was not tested for drugs last season
A post-mortem report also revealed the 23-year-old Surrey batsman, who was regarded as a potential England international, had used cocaine for at least three-and-a-half months.
In the wake of the findings the PCA have begun talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board to increase the levels of drug-testing – which would also include out-of-competition samples.
While Porter said Maynard's recreational drug use would have been detected under the current policy – which focuses on performance-enhancing drugs – he confirmed the batsman had not been tested last season.
'We have a drug-testing regime in cricket like those in all professional sports which is primarily focused on detecting performance-enhancing drugs for very obvious reasons,' Porter told BBC Radio Five Live.
Tribute: Maynard is remembered in the pavilion at The Oval
He added: 'The pattern of drug use in Tom's case suggests he would have been picked up by our existing drugs programme.
'Although the use of recreational drugs outside of competition is not a breach of the anti-doping code, use in competition is a breach.
'So he would have tested for recreational drugs had he been tested in competition. Unfortunately given that is a random process he wasn't tested last year.'
Porter confirmed talks with the ECB to initiate out-of-competition testing were ongoing and that 'hair sampling' was likely to now be used to catch recreational drug users.
Shocking: A post-mortem report revealed that Maynard had been using cocaine for at least three months
'We're in advanced discussions with the England and Wales Cricket Board about implementing a testing programme for drugs out of competition and almost certainly using hair sampling,' he said.
'As the coroner identified that gives you a longer history and a more certain test.
'We need to be clear we are talking about testing, not to catch cheats, but testing to find people who have a drugs problem.
'Therefore, it will be linked with a confidential programme of help, support, advice and if necessary treatment to get them back on the right path.'
Porter also promised to 'redouble' efforts to educate players on the issues associated with drug taking.
At the inquest: Maynard's former Surrey team-mates Jade Dernbach and Rory Hamilton-Brown (below)
'We work very hard to make sure that all players understand both the challenges they face as professionals and also understand the risks that go with those and the issues associated with being in the public eye,' he said.
'We'll be redoubling our efforts in that respect to make sure they are educated and have access to help when they need it.
'If we are going to turn this in to a positive in any way it's that the things we are wrestling with are ones that are challenges for society at large. If we can draw attention to those challenges then that will be a good thing.'