The players of the England Cricket Team will step into The Oval to take on the West Indies for the One Day International match after a minute’s silence and will sport black armbands in the memory of the 23 year old Welsh batsman Tom Maynard who died tragically at the tender age of 23 after being hit by a train, as primary reports have suggested.
According to the preliminary reports submitted by the police, Maynard is thought to have died after being hit by a London Underground Train and by the time the police arrived at the scene after 5 am, he had already succumbed to his injuries.
Maynard was being regarded as one of the most talented crop of English batsmen who are knocking at the door of the England Cricket Team and had done remarkably well for The England Lions with whom he went on a tour to Bangladesh earlier in the year.
Jonny Bairstow, a teammate of Maynard at Surrey and during The England Lions’ tour of Bangladesh and other members of the team were told of the tragic incident before practice session on the morning of the incident, by Andy Flower, the coach of the team.
Jade Dernbach, another teammate of Tom Maynard at Surrey has been given permission to withdraw his name from the squad for the rest of the series if he feels he is unable to play, considering the fact that he was one of those who were closest to Maynard. The Oval is the home ground of the Surrey Brown Caps county team and during the practice session of the England Cricket Team, the flag was at half mast.
When the England team walk into the field to take on the West Indies, it is going to be an extremely emotional moment for the fans and players alike who are grief stricken at the loss of the youngster.