Kevin Curran 1959-2012

Kevin Curran dies aged 53

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 10, 2012

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Kevin Curran, the former Zimbabwe batsman and national team coach, has died aged 53 early this morning in Mutare. A statement by Zimbabwe Cricket said he collapsed while jogging but the exact cause of death was yet to be determined.

Curran was coach of the Mashonaland Eagles team and was in Mutare preparing for their T20 fixture against Mountaineers on Wednesday, which has now 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's managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa said. "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."

"I have yet to meet a man more passionate about cricket in this country," Mash Eagles chief executive officer, Vimbai Mapukute, said. "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."

CSA acting CEO Jacques Faul also paid tribute. "It is very sad news," he said. "He is well remembered for his brief playing stint in this country for KwaZulu-Natal and Boland where he always played the game to the best professional standards."

Curran made his international debut in the 1983 World Cup, when Zimbabwe beat Australia by 13 runs at Trent Bridge. In a four-year career that had 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 had 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 decade from the mid-1980s, scoring 1000 runs in a season five times. Gloucestershire controversially declined to renew his contract at the end of 1990 and he moved to Northamptonshire, where he played until his retirement in 1999.

He served as Zimbabwe's assistant coach before moving west to take 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. Within days, he took over as head of Zimbabwe Cricket Academy. He coached the Zimbabwe Under-19 team during the World Cup in 2010. Shortly after taking over as the Mashonaland Eagles coach, he was named in the senior selection panel.

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Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

I feel he died after collapsing in the heat while taking a round of the ground. May his soul rest in peace. R.I.P.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

i dont really know him but R.I.P his very young and seems to be a very nice person

Posted by Voice.O.Reason on (October 11, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

Rest in peace, Kevin Curran. I am shocked at this news. I hope that Cricinfo will post the cause of his untimely death, when it is known. When someone as devoted to physical fitness as he was, dies while jogging, while a million others live long lives sitting on the couch all day long, you are left feeling confused and lacking motivation when stepping out to do some physical activity.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

I too remember Kevin Curran who along with Peter Rawson blew off the Indian top order and took a huge chunk off the middle order as well. Boy, did he have us worried at 17 for 5!

May he rest in peace...

Posted by Freerider1 on (October 11, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

May his soul Rest In Peace.

Posted by RobHowarth on (October 11, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

You wouldn't remenmber me yet I rember you well from Marandellas High Schools days Cumberland House, same dorm in my first year. RIP Kevin

Posted by --.-- on (October 11, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

Sad News. ..... RIP... !

Posted by markf on (October 11, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

One of Northamptonshires best all-rounders. Great entertainer, tough cricketer.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

What a loss to the Cricket World. Indeed a fantastic cricketer and truly one of the best all rounders in Cricket ever produced by Zimbabwe. Who can forget his super batting and bowling against India in 1983 World Cup. A very small and wonderful career. May God rest his soul in peace.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

Very sad to hear of the untimely demise. In 1983 when you were going hammer and tongs against India in Tunbridge wells I wished for you to get out- you did after scoring 70 odd and India won the match. But I admired your bowling batting and fielding. You again charmed all cricket fans in 1987. Thanks for all the entertainment you provided us. May your soul rest in peace.

Posted by naravincent on (October 11, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

I so vividly remember this blonde all rounder. Awesome cricketer. He first burst into the scene in 1983 with flailing blonde hair so reminiscent of the English fast bowler Graham Dilley. But it was in 1987 that he performed admirably and consistently in the World cup held in India. He probably became more famous because his namesake also going by the same name Kevin Curren (but with an 'e' instead of 'a' in Curran) lost the 1985 Wimbledon Finals to a 15 year old tennis prodigy called Boris Becker. Along with Dave Houghton, Eddo Brandes, Alistair Campbell, John Traicos and the very young Flower brothers (Andy and Grant), he provided a lot of ammunition to the Zimbabwean Cricket Team. I was disappointed that he went to England for cricketing and career reasons. And glad that he returned to his native 'home'. But now I am very sad that he has gone to his final 'home' and that too very young. RIP Kevin Curran.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

very sad and a Big Loss for Zimbabwe Cricket

Posted by   on (October 11, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

Still vividly remember him playing in 1987 WC in India. Sorry to hear this.

Posted by pitch_it_up on (October 10, 2012, 23:33 GMT)

Having lost my own brother this year who was all of 39 yrs, hale and healthy, incidents like these make me even more uncertain about life.

I was very young when India won 1983 WC. But later on I read up a lot of stuff about the tournament and the match which every Indian will remember forever - The Group B match b/w India and Zimbabwe @ Tunbridge Wells. Kevin Curran and Peter Rawson ripped through the Indian top order (before Kapil Dev made an amazing recovery).

I saw his perform during the 1987 as an all-rounder, which had the likes of charismatic w/k David Houghton, the wily off-spinner John Tricos, Eddo Brandes among other.

May your soul RIP Kevin!!

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 21:50 GMT)

I remember Kevin Curran as an amazing fielder and athlete the little bit i got to see him!!

Posted by ovzdatta151 on (October 10, 2012, 19:21 GMT)

RIP, May God Bless the Divine Soul...<3 U Miss U

Posted by mandi on (October 10, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

rip to true gentleman of game curran.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

RIP Kevin , although I have never seen you playing but still feel connected with you as a cricket Fan...

Posted by ShashidharHundi on (October 10, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

I remember he played a very good role in the 1987 world cup along side of David Houghton. A good & handsome allrounder. RIP.

Posted by Sarangarajan on (October 10, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

It is a very sad news about Kevin.What ever I saw on TV those days in 1987 world cup, he was cut above the rest of the Zimbabweans in his batting , bowling and fielding. May his soul rest in peace.We have fond memories of you Kevin .

Posted by grahaam on (October 10, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

One of the best all rounders in county cricket in the 1980s not an opinion a fact backed by stats, a tragic loss of someone who should have played a lot of international cricket at a higher level than his home country. A fine attitude to continue working for cricket in Zimbabwe despite the Problems there R.I.P

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

Very Sad News about Kevin. I had the honour of watching him play in his prime for Gloucestershire during the mid 80's. A great talent both with bat & ball. RIP

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

RIP Kevin, all your contributions to Zim are highly appreciated.

Posted by Afrikaanse_Hoer_Seunskool on (October 10, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

Rhodesia has lost another stalwart

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

I still remember the 87 world cup where traicos, houghton and Kevin looked different from the other Zimbabweans. He became my instant favourite with his attacking batsmanship, attractive bowling and athletic fielding. Feel really sad to hear about him

Posted by Ronitindia on (October 10, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

RIP... KEVIN.Condolences to his family.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

thanks for the unforgettable memories I knew you as Zim coach and the hope you gave during Zimbabwe's darkest hour in cricket.R.I.P KC

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

Great loss for such a fit man. Wondering how crucial is total body check up for athletes of all ages. Rest in peace Sir.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

RIP kevin curran :'(. ....

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

May God bless the divine soul....

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

RIP Sir.He was one of the decent allrounders amongst many Zimbs produced in 80s and 90s.

Posted by vatsap on (October 10, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

RIP Kevin Curran. He top scored for Zim in the match when kapil made 175. Would have made a bigger impact in the 90's.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 10, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

Very sad news !! God takes away good people from this world too soon at times and Kevin was definitely a gem of a human being. Zimbabwe and world cricket will miss him. R.I.P Kevin.

Posted by rayinto on (October 10, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

Condolences to his family. Re-united the list of great cricketers gone too soon....Malcolm Marshall, Roy Federicks, Hanse Cronje.....

Posted by JG2704 on (October 10, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

I tried posting more detailed comms earlier but ESPN obviously saw something unfit about them so may I just say RIP and conolences to his nearest and dearest

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

bad new to entire cricket world n condolence to Zimbabwe cricket and his family.

Posted by kaztheman on (October 10, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

Very sad to hear this news- RIP & condolence to his family and friends

Posted by Naresh28 on (October 10, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

Will be missed most by zim cricket fraternity. Worked hard for zim. Hopefully someone else will cintinue his good work in honour of him!!!!

Posted by IndianInnerEdge on (October 10, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

Remember KC from the 1983 WC, also toured india in '87, remember an interview-was a soft spoken, humble yet insightful individual. RIP Kevin-from ur indian fans.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (October 10, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

A ordinary cricketer, I think ,most likely as played for Zim.Coached an even ordinary Zim team. Will though be remembered for the embarrassing defeats handed out to another ordinary England team by Zim under his coaching tutelage.....

Posted by Anil_Koshy on (October 10, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

Really sad to lose such a great warrior, Kevin's contribution to Zimbabwe cricket cannot be forgotten easily.

Posted by Shafin1987 on (October 10, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

very sad.........sympathized 4 his family.........God bless him..............4m BD.

Posted by LillianThomson on (October 10, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

What a shame. Kevin Curran's passing should also shine a light onto how good a team Zimbabwe used to have. Of their 1983 World Cup team, Houghton, Curran, Fletcher - yes, Duncan Fletcher - and Traicos would have walked into any 2012 international team. Jump forward to 1992, and Houghton and Traicos were still there but had been joined by Flower and Brandes who would also walk into any international team in 2012. Move forward to 1999, and while Flower and Streak were the only world class performers at that time, they had unprecedented depth in that Houghton, Johnson, Goodwin, Strang and Brandes were also high quality players. It's great that they have now made cricket more multi-racial, but sad that the quality has diminished.

Posted by smartguy786 on (October 10, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

rest in peace............................

Posted by SuperKingViv on (October 10, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

In 1985 Wimbledon Men's Final, Boris Becker defeated Kevin Curren. And during the same time, Kevin Curran represented Zim in Cricket. I got confused initially but later realized that these two are different persons. I remember watching him play during Reliance World Cup held in India in 1987. May his soul rest in peace.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

born too young.. could've been a star along with the Flower brothers and Houghton.. my condolenses to family and friends

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

Ohh, this is so sad. Condolences to his family and the Zim Cricket community.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

I watched his son Sam Curran current score 84runs last Sunday,,nd he was there and during the match he also umpired,,wat could ve bn e last game of his life....RIP Kevin,,ur memories will always stay in our hearts....Kenneth Gombe

Posted by Afrikaanse_Hoer_Seunskool on (October 10, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

great loss for zimbabwe, dont know how they are going to cope with this as they have already driven out their best players, curran was extremely passsionate about cricket in his country, one of the few people to return back after settling elsewhere

Posted by Smack-DAT on (October 10, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

Though dont have much idea about Kevin but anyone who represents the country in any sports is special..RIP Kevin..may god gives the strength to bear the loss..

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

he was an awesome allrounder...RIP

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

KEVIN CURRAN the Cricketer was the Real ELECTRIC CURRENT Zimbabwean team had. 1983 Champs Indians were in dolldrums against Zimbabweans when 5/important wickets were down and Kapil's onslaught alongwith the partnership Syed Kirmani brought Indians from nowhere. Sudden death of Kevin Curran is ir=replaceable. ALMIGHTY will give more strength to his loving family members from now. KC Soul will rest in peace.

Posted by denwarlo70 on (October 10, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

Sorry to hear about the sudden demise of a cricketer I heard and saw when I was a kid. Condolences to the Immediate family and Zimbabwean fans and people. May his soul rest in peace with the Lord. A Sri Lankan cricket fan.

Posted by Raja4mIndia on (October 10, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

Bad news to the cricket world n condolence to his family...

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

He will be missed by Zimbabwe

Posted by yocasi on (October 10, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

Always so painful when we lose a member of the fraternity, especially at such an early age. Condolences to his family, country and the rest of the cricketing world. From an ardent West Indian fan.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

RIP. 3/65 & 73 in that historic 1983 WC Match at Tunbridge Wells

Posted by Nduru on (October 10, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

How shocking! He was so young. Condolences to his family and all who knew him. Zim cricket did not need to lose another committed and passionate servant.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

Fantastic Allrounder. Most people remember Kapil Dev's 175 against Zimbabwe but they forget that India still almost lost the match. I remember listening to the commentary and praying that Kevin would get out and when he finally did of the bowling of Madan Lal for 70 odd, India was almost through and the rest is history. I have only seen him play a few matches but would consider him at par with the Fab Four all-rounders of that era (KD, IB, RH and IK). RIP KC.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

no much memory about him but i have seen him in 1983 world cup when Zim. beat Aussie. good player. god bless him and his family.

Posted by o-bomb on (October 10, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

Some time in the early/mid 90s my Dad took me to see was Middlesex v Northants at Uxbridge. In that game Kevin Curran hit a 6 into the houses on the other side of the road. It was immense! I'll never forget that.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

RIP...KEVIN....Another blow for Zimbabwe....

Posted by gmarie on (October 10, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

On behalf of Natal/Dolphins supporters, my deepest sympathies and condolences to the Curran family. May od provide you with the strength to overcome this loss.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

Sad. When Zimbabwe burst upon the International Scene he was one of my favorites. RIP Kevin

Posted by CricketIsnotlife on (October 10, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

One of Zimbabwe's best. Remember him from the 1983 World Cup. He was a fiercely competitive cricketer.

Posted by mfmfaiq on (October 10, 2012, 7:41 GMT)


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