FORMER Glamorgan cricket star Matthew Maynard has said he and his family have been left broken by his son Tom’s death.
Surrey player Tom was found on the tracks near Wimbledon Park Tube Station 12 months ago.
An inquest into his death said his hair samples showed levels of cocaine “consistent with regular or habitual use”.
Speaking to former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan for a BBC Radio 5 Live interview, Matthew said: “He has been made out to be some sort of druggie and he wasn’t.
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“That makes us angry — because that wasn’t Tom. He was a good cricketer who loved the game.
“He made some poor decisions that night in the house and in his car.
“We’ll never know what went through his mind.
“Obviously, he took some social drugs — but he wasn’t the type of person who needed that kind of lift.”
The inquest into the 23-year-old’s death heard from two of his teammates, England’s Jade Dernbach and Rory Hamilton- Brown.
They both said they had no idea he used drugs.
“We were absolutely amazed that drugs were involved. I find it astonishing that no-one else knew,” Matthew said.
“It’s great to see young players like Joe Root coming through for England but I can’t allow myself to think, ‘that could have been Tom’.
“You can’t dwell on these things, otherwise you’ll end up broken — and we already have been as a family.”
The tragic incident which led to the 23-year-old’s death followed a night out with Surrey teammates after they lost a match against Kent earlier that day. He started his career with Glamorgan but left the club along with his father in 2010.
The interview was broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live last night.