June 18, 2012

'He had the talent to be something very special'

ESPNcricinfo staff
Tributes to the Surrey batsman Tom Maynard, who has died aged 23

"It's an absolute tragedy. I've known Tom since he was a little boy and our hearts go out to Sue and Matthew, his parents, and all his friends and family. Tom was an incredibly talented cricketer but he was an incredibly likeable young man as well, who had the world at his feet, and it's just a tragedy. In many respects he played just like his old man did. I remember playing with Matthew, who was such a talented cricketer himself ... Matthew played for England and Tom was very much on that pathway, he played for the Lions this winter, he impressed all the coaches, they liked him as a person, they liked what they saw as a player - and to have his life cut short in this way is a tragedy."
England managing director Hugh Morris, a former Glamorgan team-mate of Matthew Maynard

"The lovely kid who was always in our Glamorgan dressing room grew into a man who would have played for England. How can he be gone so soon?"
Former Glamorgan opener Steve James, who also played with Matthew Maynard

"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

"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."
ECB chairman Giles Clarke

"Thoughts are with Matt Maynard and his family. Words can't describe the Terribly sad news that Tom Maynard has died aged 23... #RIPTOM"
Former England captain Michael Vaughan

"We've sadly lost a lovely lad who had the talent to be something very special. My thoughts go out to the Maynard Family. RIP Tom"
Former England and Surrey wicketkeeper Alec Stewart

"The cricket family is so small. You always tend to know everyone quite well. I know his Dad quite well, his dad was coach of the year in South Africa this year and our thoughts just go out to the family. it is always a tragedy to lose such a talented player. He was certainly flamboyant. He had a lot of potential and had a lot o talent and who knows who he would have ended up. Thoughts with the family and hope they get to the bottom of it."
Australia coach Mickey Arthur

"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"
Former England fast bowler Darren Gough

"I was shocked to receive the tragic news of the accidental death of Tom, Matthew and Sue's son. At the recent CSA awards dinner, Matthew and I were discussing Tom coming out to South Africa this year and possibly playing some cricket in Pretoria. Although I never met Tom, I heard that he was a very talented young cricketer especially in the shorter format of the game. On behalf of Northerns cricket union I wish to express our deepest condolences to the Maynard family and I can assure them that our thoughts and prayers are with them."
Northerns Cricket President Vincent Sinovich, part of the Titans franchise in South Africa where Matthew Maynard now coaches

"The Bangladesh Cricket Board and BPL Governing Council express deep bereavement at the tragic death of Surrey and England Lions batsman Tom Maynard ... The BCB and BPL GC extend heartfelt condolences to the family of this exciting young batsman whose undoubted talent had made him a prized recruit at the BPL T20 tournament."
Statement from Bangladesh, where Maynard played for Sylhet Royals in the inaugural edition of the Bangladesh Premier League

"RIP Tom Maynard. Such a sad loss to everyone that knew him and thoughts are with his family. Absolutely gutted. Will be missed xx"
England fast bowler and Maynard's Surrey team-mate Chris Tremlett

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  • on June 19, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Shocking to have lost some one so young at 23. followed his game in the 2012 Bangladesh Premier League..RIP Tom. God give the strength to his family members..

  • on June 18, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    he had an amazing game...it is a huge loss to the cricketing world and to his parents..may his soul rest in peace..

  • wiseshah on June 18, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    RIP Tom. Bangladesh and BPL fans will always remember you. tragic loss to world cricket

  • on June 18, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Shocking news...... RIP Tom Maynard.....

  • on June 19, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Shocking to have lost some one so young at 23. followed his game in the 2012 Bangladesh Premier League..RIP Tom. God give the strength to his family members..

  • on June 18, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    he had an amazing game...it is a huge loss to the cricketing world and to his parents..may his soul rest in peace..

  • wiseshah on June 18, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    RIP Tom. Bangladesh and BPL fans will always remember you. tragic loss to world cricket

  • on June 18, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Shocking news...... RIP Tom Maynard.....

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  • on June 18, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Shocking news...... RIP Tom Maynard.....

  • wiseshah on June 18, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    RIP Tom. Bangladesh and BPL fans will always remember you. tragic loss to world cricket

  • on June 18, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    he had an amazing game...it is a huge loss to the cricketing world and to his parents..may his soul rest in peace..

  • on June 19, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Shocking to have lost some one so young at 23. followed his game in the 2012 Bangladesh Premier League..RIP Tom. God give the strength to his family members..