Full name Robin David Brown
Born March 11, 1951, Gatooma (now Kadoma), Mashonaland
Current age 64 years 175 days
Major teams Rhodesia, Zimbabwe, Mashonaland Country Districts
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Other Referee, Coach
|ODI debut||India v Zimbabwe at Leicester, Jun 11, 1983 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v Zimbabwe at Ahmedabad, Oct 26, 1987 scorecard|
|First-class span||1976/77 - 1995/96|
|List A span||1980/81 - 1996/97|
Robin Brown, a cultured right-hand batsman and, on occasion, a useful wicketkeeper, was never able to devote as much time to cricket as he might have liked - tobacco-farming duties in Karoi often took priority - and so his first-class figures never did justice to his abilities. He was a mainstay of Rhodesia/Zimbabwe from the mid 1970s through to the late 1980s, and in the early 80s he captained Zimbabwe. He played seven ODIs in the 1983 and 1987 World Cups, without any real success, and retired at the end of the 1989-90 season, but returned for one season in 1994, aged 43, to captain Mashonaland Country Districts. He subsequently became head groundsman at the Harare Sports Club. In August 2007, he took over as Zimbabwe coach from Kevin Curran. He was popular and instilled belief into a shell-shocked side, steering them to a win over Australia in the ICC World Twenty20. But he refused to be bullied by certain members of the board who demanded control over selection, and when his contract expired in July 2008 it was not renewed.
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