London: Cricket stars all over England are mourning the death of Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard who was killed after being hit by a tube train near Wimbledon Park station in London.
England’s players, who were told of his death as they trained at the Oval ahead of tomorrow’s one-day international against the West Indies, have been left in a state of shock and devastation.
“Our thoughts at this awful time are with Tom`s family and friends and all those that were close to him. 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 said.
English and County cricketers have been tweeting about their disbelief and grief at the news, as the Welsh cricketer was a very popular and well-liked figure both on the County circuit and around the England camp.
Former skipper Andrew Flintoff tweeted, “Tragic news that a great lad is no longer with us. All my thoughts are with his family at this awful time.”
Maynard’s Surrey colleague, Jason Roy wrote, “Can’t believe I’m writing this. R.I.P Tom Maynard, one of my best friends. You will always be in my heart and will miss you so so much.”
Matthew Hoggard added, “Can’t believe the news about Tom Maynard!!!! Life can be so cruel! Top bloke much talent! R.I.P” while Giles Clarke, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, said Tom had “enormous potential”.
In a statement, Surrey County Cricket Club described their young batsman as “incredibly talented.