England cricket team pay tribute to Tom Maynard

Tom Maynard
Many tributes have been paid to the talented batsman Photo: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

The England cricket team wore black armbands and held a minute's silence at today's One Day International against the West Indies, in tribute to Welsh cricketer Tom Maynard after his death yesterday at the age of 23.

Maynard, the son of former England and Glamorgan batsman Matthew Maynard, was found dead on the tracks near Wimbledon Park station in south-west London.

His club Surrey confirmed the news, releasing a statement that read: 'Surrey County Cricket Club and the England and Wales Cricket Board can confirm that batsman Tom Maynard has been confirmed dead by the Metropolitan Police.'

British Transport Police 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 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.

– British Transport Police spokesperson

Cardiff-born Maynard rose through the ranks at Glamorgan before moving to Surrey last summer.

The big-hitting batsman was considered a rising star in the game and earned himself a place on the England Lions tour to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the start of this year.

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.

– Surrey Chairman Richard Thompson
The Oval
A spokesperson for Maynard's club Surrey said it was an 'utterly senseless tragedy' Credit: ITN
Tom Maynard
Maynard was described as a player with 'enormous potential' and an 'exciting future' Credit: Jon Buckle/EMPICS Sport

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.

– England Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke

Glamorgan Cricket are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic death of Tom Maynard. The Club’s thoughts are with Matt, Sue and their family at this difficult time. Most of our playing and coaching staff were close friends of Tom and understandably are still trying to come to terms with this sad news.

– Glamorgan Cricket Club

Former England captains Andrew Flintoff and Michael Vaughan have taken to Twitter following Maynard's death.

Flintoff wrote: 'Tragic news that a great lad Tom Maynard is no longer with us. All my thoughts are with his family at this awful time.'

Vaughan said: 'Thoughts are with Matt Maynard and his family... words can't describe the terribly sad news that Tom Maynard has died aged 23'.

The IPPC have confirmed that they have been notified of an incident near to Wimbledon Park station in which the body of a man was found on the tracks.

Prior to the incident, officers from the Metropolitan Police Service stopped a vehicle being driven by a man matching the same description as the deceased.

Once a formal referral has been received from the MPS an assessment will take place regarding the level if IPCC involvement.

– Independent Police Complaints Commission