Mutare, Zimbabwe: Former Zimbabwe allrounder and head coach Kevin Curran, who featured in his country’s maiden World Cup appearance in 1983, has died. Zimbabwe Cricket on Wednesday confirmed reporters from Zimbabwe that Curran collapsed while jogging, but the precise cause of death has not been ascertained. He was 53.
"We are still in shock, Kevin was the epitome of health and we have yet to make sense of this tragic loss," Zimbabwe Cricket managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa told Zimcricket.org. "KC's past and continued contribution to the game of cricket is unquestionable and dates as far back as his playing days up until the phenomenal work he had been doing at Mash Eagles. The cricket fraternity has been dealt a great blow."
Currant represented Zimbabwe in 11 ODIs in the 1980s and forged a successful career in English county cricket, passing 1000 runs in a season five times. In 324 first-class matches, the right-handed Curran amassed 15,740 runs at 36.86 and took 605 wickets at 27.65, with a best haul of 7 for 47. Domestically, he represented Boland, Gloucestershire, Natal and Northamptonshire.
Curran was a part of the Zimbabwean team that made its international debut against Australia at Trent Bridge in the 1983 World Cup, beating the fancied side by 13 runs. His highest international score was 73 in the famous 1983 World Cup match against India at Tunbrigde Wells. He followed that up with 63 against defending champions West Indies in the next match. Curran played in the 1987 World Cup as well.
He served as Zimbabwe’s assistant coach before assuming the duty full-time from August 2005 to August 2007, a period in which the team won nine and lost 28 of 42 ODIs. Curran also coached Namibia, the Mashonaland provincial team, Zimbabwe A and the Under-19 sides.