Former England captain Michael Vaughan hopes the increased testing for recreational drugs promised by cricket chiefs following the death of Surrey batsman Tom Maynard will 'frighten' anyone still using them.
A coroner's inquest in London was told Maynard was nearly four times above the legal alcohol limit for driving and had taken cocaine and ecstasy before he was electrocuted and hit by a train in June last year.
The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death on the promising cricketer, whose father was former England batsman Matthew Maynard.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) responded by announcing increased testing for recreational, as well as performance-enhancing, drugs.
'There will be players in cricket who have taken recreational drugs and are still doing it, but I hope Tom Maynard's tragic story will make them stop,' Vaughan wrote in Britain's Daily Telegraph.
'The England and Wales Cricket Board is going to introduce more testing for recreational drugs and that will frighten a few into cleaning up their acts.'
Before the 23-year-old Maynard's death, Surrey were captained by Rory Hamilton-Brown, a friend since school, who stepped down from the leadership and later joined Sussex after his flatmate's passing.
Surrey have recruited Ricky Ponting and South Africa captain Graeme Smith as overseas players for the upcoming English season.
Vaughan said the influence of two such vastly experienced cricketers could have a hugely beneficial effect on the Oval-based county's youthful squad.
'There was a lack of those players at Surrey 12 months ago but next summer they will have Graeme Smith and Ricky Ponting,' Vaughan wrote.
'Two men who are exactly the right kind of role models for young kids making their way in cricket.'