Tom Maynard, one of England’s brightest cricketing prospects, was tragically struck down by a London Underground train in the early hours of Monday morning.
The batsman, who was just 23, played for Surrey. In a statement released on Monday, the county side described Maynard, the son of former England batsman Matthew Maynard, as “an incredibly talented young batsman.”
British Transport Police (BTP) confirmed that a 23-year-old man, named locally as Maynard, had been hit by a train early Monday morning, but added that the death was not being viewed as suspicious. A BTP spokesman said:
“BTP officers were called to the line near Wimbledon Park London Underground station on Monday, 18 June after a man was struck by a District line train. The incident was reported to BTP at 5.03am (0403GMT) and was also attended by Metropolitan Police officers. London Ambulance Service medics attended but the man, believed to be 23 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident was reported to BTP at 5.03am and is currently being treated as non-suspicious. A file will be prepared for the coroner.”
Maynard started his career with Glamorgan, before joining Surrey in 2011. Many in the sport expected him to eventually graduate to full England honors, having already played for England’s national A team in 2010.
Surrey’s statement added that the youngster had “impressed in all forms of the game,” with Surrey chairman Richard Thompson stating, “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.”
Surrey’s Twenty20 game against Hampshire on Wednesday was immediately postponed, while the England team cancelled a media conference ahead of their second one-day international against the West Indies on Tuesday.