Tragic details of cricketer Josh Baker's death after 'failing to turn up for match'

Worcestershire's Josh Baker, who has died at the age of 20, the club have announced
Worcestershire's Josh Baker, who has died at the age of 20, the club have announced -Credit:Nick Potts/PA Wire

Worcestershire cricketer Josh Baker was tragically found dead at his home by a friend after failing to turn up for a match. The young left-arm spinner, who made his first-class debut in July 2021 and represented England at Under-19 level, was discovered after he did not appear on the third day of his county's second-team game against Somerset.

The cricket world has been left in shock by the sudden death of the promising Midlands player, aged 20. The Mail reports that Baker's absence and lack of response to calls led a concerned friend to check on him at his apartment.

Following the devastating news, the ongoing match was called off and declared a draw, as confirmed by Worcestershire County Cricket Club in a heartfelt statement. The club expressed its profound sorrow in a statement reading: "Worcestershire County Cricket Club is heartbroken to announce the untimely passing of Josh Baker, who was aged only 20 years old."

Read more 'Hundreds' of Aston Villa fans evacuated as 'medical emergency' declared

"Josh turned professional with the Club in 2021 and quickly became a popular figure within the squad. More than his skills as a spin bowler, it was his vibrant spirit and infectious enthusiasm that endeared him to everyone he met. His warmth, kindness, and professionalism were remarkable, making him a true credit to his family and a loved member of our team.

"During this profoundly difficult time, the Club is dedicated to supporting Josh's family, friends, and colleagues. We are united in our grief and committed to honouring his memory in a manner befitting the remarkable person he was. Plans to pay tribute to Josh will be made in consultation with his family and will remain private at this time. The Club, along with Josh's family, requests the respect of privacy as we mourn this immense loss. No further comments will not be provided during this sensitive period."

Former England spinner Ashley Giles, who is now Worcestershire's CEO, also paid tribute to Baker following the tragic news of his passing.

Giles said: "The news of Josh's passing has left us all devastated. Josh was much more than a teammate; he was an integral part of our cricket family. We will all miss him terribly. All our love and prayers go out to Josh's family and friends."