Worcestershire spinner

Josh Baker, a spinner from Worcestershire, dies at the age of 20

Josh Baker, a spinner for Worcestershire, passed away at the age of 20. The club released a statement confirming the sad news. The cause of Baker’s death was not disclosed, but Ashley Giles, the county’s chief executive, said that learning of his death “has left all of us devastated.”

The former England spinner added, “Josh was much more than a team-mate; he was an integral part of our cricket family.” “All of us will sincerely miss him. Josh’s family and friends have our deepest sympathies and prayers.”

Earlier this week, at Bromsgrove School, Baker—who played for England at the Under-19 level—was a part of the County second XI versus Somerset. In order to help Worcestershire achieve promotion to Division One, he participated in five County Championship games and inked a three-year contract with the team the previous year. This season, he made two appearances, the most recent one being against Durham.

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

Paul Lynch, CEO of the Professional Cricketers’ Association, paid tribute to Josh, saying, “We are all deeply saddened by his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to his friends, family, and teammates.”

“It’s hard to believe that Josh, a cricket player, didn’t have much time left in his career. The Professional Cricketers’ Trust and the PCA are collaborating to provide support for Josh’s family, his teammates, and all impacted PCA members.”