Young England cricketer Tom Maynard killed in accident.posted under: England | All news
|English cricketer Tom Maynard, a fast rising youngster and the son of former England batsman Matthew Maynard, was killed when a tube train hit him. London Ambulance Service medics were called but the cricketer was declared dead at the scene.
23-year-old Maynard, a guaranteed future England International, was allegedly stopped by police after driving erratically in the early hours of the morning. He is said to have fled on foot, escaping the cops. Less than an hour later, his body was found on train tracks nearby.
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson was quoted saying: “At approximately 04:15 BST on Monday, 18 June, officers stopped a vehicle after it was seen being driven erratically in Arthur Road, SW19. The male driver of the vehicle - a black Mercedes C250 - made off on foot. Officers were unable to locate the man.
“At approximately 05:10 BST the body of a man fitting the same description was found on tracks near Wimbledon Park station.”
Tragedy struck less than 12 hours after the cricketer played in a Twenty20 match against Kent at Beckenham. He played for Glamorgan at the start of his career before moving to Surrey last summer. A week ago, he was disciplined by his club for late-night drinking during a championship match.
Maynad made his first class debut back in 2007 season for Glamorgan before moving to Surrey last year. From 48 matches, he made 2384 runs at an average of 32.65 with 4 centuries and 11 fifties. Tom also had a good record in T20 and one day career and also represented England Lions.
British Transport Police, which is investigating the incident, has ruled out anything suspicious for now.
Richard Thompson, chairman of Surrey County Cricket Club, said there was a “profound sense of loss” at the “utterly senseless tragedy”.
“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,” he was quoted saying.
“The impact Tom made in such a short period of time for Surrey CCC spoke for itself.”
Tributes for the Cardiff-born cricketer have flooded in from cricketers and fans all around the world, including former captain Michael Vaughan who wrote on twitter: Someone with so much talent and so much to look forward to. Why is life so cruel sometimes?”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Maynard’s family in this difficult time.