Former Zimbabwe all-rounder Kevin Curran dies at the age of 53

first_imgKevin Curran dies aged 53Former Zimbabwe batsman and national coach Kevin Curran has died. The 53-year-old collapsed while jogging early this morning in Mutare but a statement from Zimbabwe Cricket said the exact cause of death was yet to be determined.Curran was coach of the Mashonaland Eagles and was in Mutare preparing for their T20 fixture against Mountaineers on Wednesday, which has been postponed.”We are still in shock. Kevin was the epitome of health and we have yet to make sense of this tragic loss,” ZC managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa said. “KC’s past and continued contribution to cricket is unquestionable and dates as far back as his playing days, up until the phenomenal work he had been doing at Mash Eagles.””KC had put his heart and soul into developing our franchise and had great plans for our high performance gym and other facilities…his passing will leave a huge void at Mash Eagles and I feel that I have not only lost a key business ally but a friend as well,” Mash Eagles chief executive officer Vimbai Mapukute said.Curran made his international debut during the 1983 World Cup, when Zimbabwe beat Australia by 13 runs. In a four-year career that spanned two World Cups, he scored 287 runs in 11 games with two half-centuries.As a right-arm seamer, he took nine wickets. By the time his country gained Test status, he had almost completed his 10-year qualification for English residency and decided not to return.Curran was one of the most effective overseas players in English cricket in the mid-1980s, scoring 1000 runs in a season five times. He moved to Northamptonshire at the end of 1990, where he played until his retirement in 1999.advertisementHe served as Zimbabwe’s assistant coach before taking charge of Namibia. In September 2004, he returned home as director of coaching at the CFX Cricket Academy in Harare.In August 2005, he replaced Phil Simmons as national coach and held that position till 2007, moving on as head of Zimbabwe Cricket Academy. He coached the Zimbabwe Under-19 team during the World Cup in 2010 and was named in the senior selection panel.last_img

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