Worcestershire player Josh Baker dies aged 20


RIP

[Representational image] "Josh was a cricketer with his entire career and life ahead of him and this news is impossible to comprehend." » said Paul Lynch, CEO of the Professional Cricketers' Association.

[Representational image] “Josh was a cricketer with his entire career and life ahead of him and this news is impossible to comprehend,” said Paul Lynch, CEO of the Professional Cricketers' Association. © Getty

Worcestershire player Josh Baker has died aged 20, the tragic news has been confirmed in a statement. Although no cause of death has been specified, County Executive Ashley Giles said the news of Baker's death “has devastated us all.”

“Josh was more than a teammate; he was an integral part of our cricket family,” said the former England player. “We will all miss him terribly. All our love and prayers go out to Josh's family and friends.”

Baker, who represented England at under-19 level, featured in a second county XI match earlier this week against Somerset at Bromsgrove School. He signed a three-year contract with the club last year and made five County Championship appearances to help Worcestershire win promotion to Division 1. He has made two appearances this season, the last against Durham.

“More than his skills as a spin bowler, it was his dynamic spirit and infectious enthusiasm that endeared him to everyone he met,” the club statement said. “His warmth, kindness and professionalism were remarkable, making him a true honor to his family and a valued member of our team.”

In his tribute, Professional Cricketers' Association CEO Paul Lynch said: “Everyone at the PCA is heartbroken to learn of Josh's passing and we offer our sincere condolences to all his family, friends and his teammates.

“Josh was a cricketer with his entire career and life ahead of him and this news is impossible to comprehend. The PCA and the Professional Cricketers' Trust are working to support Josh's family, his teammates and all affected PCA members. ”

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