The fast bowler was found dead in a private property near Iverness on Saturday, a Police Scotland spokesman has said
The fast bowler (Matthew Hobden) was found dead in a private property near Iverness on Saturday, a Police Scotland spokesman said © Getty Images

London: Scottish police are investigating the death of 22-year-old Sussex cricketer Matthew Hobden. The fast bowler was found dead in a private property near Iverness on Saturday, a Police Scotland spokesman has said. The death is still “unexplained” but police believe there is nothing to be suspicious about it. To pay their tributes to the young cricketer, England players wore black arm bands on Sunday on the second day of the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town. “Sussex Cricket is deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Matthew Hobden,” the county said in a statement.

“Matthew was an exciting young cricketer with a big future ahead of him. He was a fantastic individual who had progressed through Sussex’s Youth and Academy ranks, having been born locally in Eastbourne.” Hobden took 48 wickets at an average of 39.35 for Sussex. ALSO READ: English cricketer Matthew Hobden passes away aged 22

Earlier, on the cricketer’s death, Sussex’s statement released on their official website read: “Sussex Cricket is deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Matthew Hobden. Matthew was an exciting young cricketer with a big future ahead of him in the game. He was a fantastic individual who had progressed through Sussex’s Youth and Academy ranks, having been born locally in Eastbourne.”

“He made his first-class debut for Sussex in 2014 and had represented the county across all three formats over the past two seasons. He will be greatly missed. Sussex would like to offer their deepest condolences to Matthew’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

“Players and staff will be offered as much support as is possible and we would like both Matthew’s family, and everyone connected with Sussex Cricket, to be respected with privacy at this time. The club will make no further comment at this stage,” it concluded.