County news November 29, 2013

Maynard in line for Glamorgan return

ESPNcricinfo staff

Matthew Maynard, the former England batsman who resigned as Glamorgan's director of cricket in 2010, has said he will return to the county, likely in a role as batting coach.

Glamorgan recently appointed new head coach Toby Radford as the successor to Matthew Mott, with Hugh Morris, the ECB's managing director of England cricket, set to join the county as chief executive in January. Maynard said he had spoken to Radford and Morris, who was a team-mate during the 1980s and '90s, about the role he would take up.

"I've had a chat with Hugh Morris, obviously the new CEO and director of cricket, and with Toby Radford, the head coach," Maynard told ITV news. "They've basically just got to work out as and when to fit me in."

Since leaving Glamorgan, Maynard has coached in South Africa with the Titans franchise, as well as for St Lucia Zouks during this year's inaugural Caribbean Premier League. He also founded the Tom Maynard Academy, using proceeds from the charitable trust set up in memory of his son Tom Maynard, the former Glamorgan and Surrey batsman who died in an accident on the London Underground in 2012.

The Academy's first intake will spend ten days at the Desert Springs facility in Spain next February. Included in the 14 are Gloucestershire's Cameron Herring, Surrey fast bowler George Edwards and Northamptonshire batsman Rob Keogh.

"We are delighted to have had such fantastic support from the counties and I'm really looking forward to working with the players and establishing the Tom Maynard Academy as an integral part of the ECB's and the counties' player development pathways," Maynard said.

"Desert Springs has excellent facilities for the players to work on their games and on their fitness and we're pleased to be partnering with them. We have some very knowledgeable people involved in delivering the programme and I have no doubt it will be of real benefit to the lads involved as they approach pre-season."