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Tom Maynard spoke to Sky Sports’ Cricket AM show on Saturday
4:30pm UK, Monday June 18, 2012
England Lions and Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard has died after being hit by a District Line train on the London Underground.
Cardiff-born Mr Maynard died in the early hours of this morning.
The Metropolitan Police said a man matching Mr Maynard’s description was spotted driving erratically in Wimbledon and was pulled over by police. He then ran off.
British Transport Police said 45 minutes after the incident Mr Maynard’s body was hit by a train.
However neither force have officially linked the two incidents.
Mr Maynard was struck by a train at Wimbledon Park station
A British Transport Police (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 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.”
The 23-year-old, the son of former England and Glamorgan batsman Matthew Maynard, had been widely tipped as a future England international.
As news of his death was reported tributes were tweeted by current and former cricket legends.
England star batsmen Kevin Pietersen tweeted: “So unbelievably sad!! The Maynard family is so special!! Thoughts are with this special family!! Loads of love guys!! KP xxx.”
Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff said: “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.”
Surrey Chairman Richard Thompson said: “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.
Wimbledon Park Tube station
“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.”