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Batsman Tom Maynard decides to resign from Glamorgan

Tom Maynard
Tom Maynard made 71 on his Glamorgan debut in 2007

Tom Maynard has told BBC Sport Wales that he has decided to leave Glamorgan, although the county say they will not allow him to "walk away" for nothing.

The batsman felt his father, Matthew, had been treated badly by the club.

Matthew Maynard resigned as director of cricket in November after the club appointed Alviro Petersen as captain without Maynard's blessing.

"I honestly cannot play another game for Glamorgan under this regime unfortunately," Tom Maynard, 21, said.

After an initial statement from Glamorgan on Wednesday morning that suggested Tom Maynard would not be allowed to leave, chief executive officer Alan Hamer clarified the club's position that they would expect compensation were the player to join another county.

"I will contact Tom and his advisors next week to sit down with them to discuss how we move this forward," Hamer said.

"Tom won't be allowed to just leave Glamorgan without Glamorgan being compensated [for]... a talented player that we've developed over the years.

"I think that [a fee or compensation] would be a sensible scenario for both the club and for Tom to ensure that the club gets something for the fact he's only three months into a 36-month contract.

"People like him don't grow on trees and he's not the type of player that the club is going to want to lose... we're well aware of his importance in our playing squad which is why we've been reluctant to give him our permission to speak to other counties."

Tom Maynard signed a three-year contract that is set to run until 2013 before his father, Matthew, quit as director of cricket in November saying his position was "untenable".

The turmoil began when Glamorgan announced they had replaced Jamie Dalrymple as captain and appointed new South African overseas signing Petersen as skipper.

It was also announced that Colin Metson would be taking the new role of managing director of cricket.

Maynard Sr resigned along with Dalrymple and president Peter Walker, while the vice-chairman and main club sponsor, Nigel Roberts, also resigned briefly before resuming his post at Glamorgan.

When asked whether the situation at the Welsh county had also made his position untenable, Tom Maynard said: "Effectively, yes.

"There was a lot to do with how they treated my old man but also to do with how they're trying to take the club forward tactically in my view.

"Three captains in three years is slightly too unstable for me to be able to progress and do what I want to in cricket."

But Glamorgan have indicated that they are prepared to take legal steps to ensure they gain some recompense for Maynard if he leaves the Swalec Stadium.

"Glamorgan Cricket is both surprised and disappointed to learn of Tom Maynard's decision to resign from his employment with Glamorgan," said a statement.

"The club have met with Tom and his advisors on three separate occasions during recent weeks following numerous requests from Tom for the club to grant him an early release from his newly signed contract extension.

"Regardless how Tom may feel he cannot, nor will the club allow him to, simply walk away from his contractual obligations, nor is he able to enter into discussions with other counties without the club's prior permission.

"Over recent weeks the club's chief executive officer, Alan Hamer, had contacted all other county's CEOs [chief executive officers] to clarify the club's position.

"And he will do so again over the coming days to confirm that the club still holds Tom's registration and believes that he has unlawfully terminated his contract."

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Surrey are thought to be amongst the rival counties interested in the right-handed batsman, who averaged around 30 last season, but for the moment it appears that Maynard and Glamorgan are at an impasse.

"I'd have thought just out of a dignity and a humility respect that they would let me go from my contract, having treated my old man so badly," Maynard added.

"That's how I feel the situation has come and hopefully the whole legal issue can be resolved very quickly.

"It's been a hugely difficult decision and that's why it's taken so long to make, I've had to get the opinions of many other people before I've decided to make it.

"Obviously it's been very difficult for the family having been involved directly with my old man and it's just a decision that I haven't taken lightly, but I feel I'm very clear in my mind that it's the right one."

Glamorgan chairman Paul Russell has also previously indicated that he expects Jim Allenby, who was a Matthew Maynard recruit in 2009, to remain despite unrest at the club.

The county are expected to name a replacement coach for Matthew Maynard soon, with former Australia batsman Matthew Elliott and New South Wales coach Matthew Mott both having been interviewed.

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