Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff has become the first patron of the Tom Maynard Trust.
The former England cricket star said he was honoured to represent the body, which was set up after the death of the young Surrey cricketer and will help aspiring disadvantaged cricketers.
Maynard, 23, who also played for Glamorgan, was hit by a London Underground train in June.
Last week Freddie, 34, from Ribbleton, Preston, joined a bike ride from Cardiff to London in aid of the trust.
The ride from the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff to the Kia Oval in London raised £30,000.
Freddie said: “The cycle ride was a great example of people coming together to work for a fantastic cause and I look forward to being able to support Matthew and the trust in many different ways in the future.
“It’s a privilege to be involved.”
An inquest into Maynard’s death has been adjourned until September 24. More than 1,000 people attended his funeral on July 4 at Llandaff Cathedral.