Sydney, Feb 28 (ANI): Former England captain Michael Vaughan has said that the horrific death of Surrey batsman Tom Maynard will be a stern lesson for other English cricketers who are still using recreational drugs.
According to a coroner's inquest, Maynard had taken both cocaine and ecstasy and was almost four times above the legal alcohol limit for driving before getting electrocuted and then hit by a train, killing himself in June 2012, News.com.au reports.
Vaughan said that it would be a mistake to consider Maynard's case as isolated when there are around 400 professional cricketers in England, among whom many have used such drugs in the past or are still using them now, adding that he hoped that the Maynard incident will frighten such cricketers.
Vaughan further said that if the Maynard case does not stop cricketers from still using such drugs, then the introduction of recreational and performance-enhancing drug testing by the England and Wales Cricket Board will force them into cleaning up their acts.
According to Vaughan, the recruitment of South Africa captain Graeme Smith and former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting by Surrey for the upcoming English season may have a beneficial effect on the county's youthful squad. (ANI)