May 19 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Surrey captain Rory Hamilton-Brown will take a break from all cricket and has been replaced as skipper by spinner Gareth Batty.
The batsman lived with close friend Tom Maynard, who tragically died on June 18.
“I have decided to take a break from cricket,” Hamilton-Brown said.
“I am grateful to the club for their support and understanding of my decision and I look forward to returning to the game where I will hope to contribute and take forward my form of recent seasons.”
Surrey chief executive Richard Gould understood the 24-year-old’s decision.
“Tom’s death has affected many people, and he and Rory were great friends,” he said.
“Rory now needs some time out and the club is keen to provide whatever support we can. We look forward to him returning when the time is right.
“The club would also like to express its appreciation for the support provided by the PCA [Professional Cricketers’ Association] over the last two weeks.”