London: Tom Maynard, the Surrey batsman and son of former England allrounder Matthew Maynard, has died after being hit by a London underground train, the English county and the Metropolitan Police have confirmed. He was 23.
Maynard had started his cricketing career with his original county, Glamorgan, but had moved to Surrey in 2011 after his father had been removed as director of cricket at the club. His maiden first-class century came for Surrey and he been a key member of Surrey’s successful Clydesdale Bank 40 title last season. He was shaping to be a big player for Surrey, having scored 1022 Championship runs and ended as the club’s leading run-getter in the Friends Life t20 in 2011-12. Maynard had also earned selection to the England Lions squad.
Surrey Chairman Richard Thompson said on the club’s website: “Our thoughts at this awful time are with Tom’s family and friends and all those that were close to him. Tom Maynard was a prodigiously talented young batsman who had made an incredible start to his career and was clearly destined for far greater things. The impact Tom made in such a short period of time for Surrey CCC spoke for itself. There is a profound sense of loss at the passing of Tom. To lose anybody at such a young age is an utterly senseless tragedy.”
ECB Chairman Giles Clarke said: “This is a very sad day for everyone connected with Surrey County Cricket club and for Glamorgan County Cricket club where Tom spent the early part of his career. Tom was a player of enormous potential who had already represented England Lions and had an exciting future ahead of him. Our hearts go out to the Maynard family for their tragic loss and we send them and all Tom’s many friends and colleagues within the game our deepest sympathies.”
Maynard played 48 first-class matches, from which he scored 2384 runs at an average of 32.65. His father, Matthew, played four Tests and 14 ODIs for England in the early 1990s.
Surrey have announced that their Friends Life t20 match against Hampshire has been postponed from Sunday to Wednesday as a mark of respect for Maynard.
Several former England players paid their condolences to Maynard on Twitter. Former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted: "Thoughts are with Matt Maynard and his family. Words can't describe the terribly sad news that Tom Maynard has died aged 23... #RIPTOM"
"Tragic news that a great lad, Tom Maynard, is no longer with us. All my thoughts are with his family at this awful time x x" tweeted former England allrounder Andrew Flintoff, while
Matthew Hoggard said: "Can't believe the news about Tom Maynard !!!! Life can be so cruel! Thoughts go out to his family!! Top bloke much talent! R.I.P"
Paul Collingwood tweeted: "The world has lost a true character that loved life and a hugely talented cricketer. My thoughts go out to the Maynard family. RIP Tom."