Hamilton-Brown to take time out
Surrey have confirmed captain Rory Hamilton-Brown will take a break from cricket following the tragic death of Tom Maynard.
It is hoped that, by taking time out, Hamilton-Brown will be able to return to the side in due course.
He will be replaced as skipper by Gareth Batty, who has led the side in their recent Friends Life t20 matches.
Hamilton-Brown said: “I have decided to take a break from cricket. 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 added: “Tom’s death has affected many people, and he and Rory were great friends.
“Rory now needs some time out, and the club is keen to provide whatever support we can.
“Rory has performed very well both as captain and as one of our leading players over the last three years, and 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.”