Batsman Tom Maynard says he will resign from his position at Glamorgan County Cricket Club despite the club saying they will not allow him to “walk away” from a recently signed contract extension.
Tom Maynard told BBC Wales that he felt he had no future at the club after his father was forced out in November.
“I honestly cannot play another game for Glamorgan under this regime unfortunately,” Tom Maynard said.
Matthew Maynard resigned as director of cricket in November after the club appointed Alviro Petersen as captain without Maynard’s blessing.
The former England batting coach described his position as “untenable” after Petersen’s appointment.
But Glamorgan say they will not release Tom Maynard from his contractual responsibilities:
“Glamorgan Cricket is both surprised and disappointed to learn of Tom Maynard’s decision to resign from his employment with Glamorgan Cricket.” Glamorgan Cricket’s Chief Executive Alan Hamer said in a statement.
“The club have met with Tom and his advisors on three separate occasions during recent weeks following on from numerous requests from Tom for the club to grant him early release from his newly signed contract extension.
“At all times, the club have consulted with specialist employment lawyers, based on their advice-which has also been shared with Tom’s advisors-the club has always reiterated that Tom Maynard is under contract to Glamorgan Cricket until 30 September 2013.
“Unlike his old contract, his new contract -which was signed in September 2010, does not contain any early release clauses that are linked to his Father’s continued employment by the club. This new contract was reviewed, checked and approved by Matthew Maynard prior to being signed by Tom who did not raise any objections or queries.
“As Such, regardless as to how Tom may feel, he cannot, nor will the club allow him to, walk away from his contractual obligations. Nor is he able to enter into discussions with other counties without the clubs prior permission.”
But the 21-year-old told reporters that he hoped that the legal situation could be sorted allowing him to leave his three year contract early.
“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,
“That’s how I feel the situation has come and hopefully the whole legal issue can be resolved very quickly.”