London, Jun 19: One of English cricket's most promising youngsters, Tom Maynard, was found dead on a railway track in south London on Monday morning.
Maynard, 23, was tipped to have got a bright future ahead, but English cricket was left mourning a huge loss on Monday.
Maynard, son of former England batsman Matthew Maynard, was hit by a London Underground train early on Monday morning, reports said. British Transport Police (BTP) confirmed Maynard had been hit by a train.
At about 4.15am, Metropolitan police officers stopped Maynard's black Mercedes in Wimbledon, south London, "after it was seen being driven erratically", "The Guardian" newspaper reported.
The Guardian added: According to a police statement, the driver - Maynard - fled, and was not seen again until 5.03am when he was pronounced dead at the scene, a tube driver having alerted the authorities to a body on the line. The incident has been reported to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, but is being treated as non-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."
The Surrey right-hander had played a Twenty20 match the previous day against against Kent at Beckenham. Maynard had played 48 first class games with 2,384 runs. He had represented England 'A' team, England Lions.
Surrey said in a statement that Maynard was "an incredibly talented young batsman", who had "impressed in all forms of the game".
England cricket fraternity took to Twitter to express their shock over the tragic news of Maynard.
"So unbelievably sad!! The Maynard family is so special!! Thoughts are with this special family!! Loads of love guys!! KP xxx #RIPTom," tweeted England batsman Kevin Pietersen (@kevinpp24).
England paceman Stuart Broad (StuardBroad8), wrote: "Absolutely gutted this morning to hear the news about Tom Maynard. A lovely guy and great talent. #RIPTom."
"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" former England captain Andrew Flintoff (@flintoff11) tweeted.
Another former England captain, Michael Vaughan tweeted (@VaughanCricket): "Thoughts are with Matt Maynard and his family.. Words can't describe the terribly sad news that Tom Maynard has died aged 23... #RIPTOM."
"Terrible news ,Tom a fantastic athlete ,great person who had so much to look forward too,I'm devastated for all that knew him #RIPTomMaynard," wrote former England fast bowler Darren Gough (@DGoughie).
"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.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chairman Giles Clarke said: "This is a very sad day...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."
Surrey's T20 game against Hampshire at The Oval, Surrey's home ground, on Wednesday has been put off as a mark of respect.
England and West Indies will play at The Oval on Tuesday in an ODI. England team trained at the ground on Monday. However, they cancelled a press conference.