FORMER Zimbabwe senior cricket team coach and national team selector Kevin Curran has died.
Report by Daniel Nhakaniso Sports Reporter
He was 53. Affectionately known as “KC”, Curran, who was also the coach of the Mashonaland Eagles cricket franchise, died in Mutare yesterday.
Curran collapsed while jogging and the exact cause of death has not been determined. He was in Mutare with the Mashonaland Eagles team preparing for their 50-over match against Mountaineers.
“It is with great shock and sadness that Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has learnt of the tragic passing-on of national team selector, cricket committee member and Mash Eagles coach, Kevin Curran, in Mutare early this (Wednesday) morning,” said ZC in a statement yesterday.
ZC managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa said: “We are still in shock. Kevin was the epitome of health and we have yet to make sense of this tragic loss.
“KC’s past and continued contribution to the game of cricket is unquestionable and dates as far back as his playing days until the phenomenal work he had been doing at Mash Eagles. The cricket fraternity has been dealt a great blow.”
Mashonaland Eagles chief excecutive Vimbai Mapukute also paid tribute to Curran for his contributions to local cricket.
“His passing on 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,” she said.
Curran hailed from a cricketing stock as his father Kevin Curran Snr played for Rhodesia. He represented Zimbabwe at the 1983 and 1987 Cricket World Cups. He was Zimbabwe cricket team coach from August 2005 to September 2007. Curran passed away a few hours before his team was scheduled to play Mountaineers in a 50-over match. Details of funeral arrangements were yet to be finalised by last night.
Current and former players twitted
CURRENT and former national team players took to the social media networks to honour Curran.
Former Zimbabwe fast bowler Henry Olonga said on Twitter: “Sad to hear about KC. Condolences to the family. I really did well under his guidance.”