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Zimbabwean cricketing stalwart Kevin Curran has collapsed and died aged 53

Kevin Curran: Passed away aged 53

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Former Zimbabwe, Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire all-rounder Kevin Curran has passed away at the age of 53.

The Zimbabwean national team selector and coach of Mashonaland Eagles collapsed while out jogging in Mutare on Wednesday morning and the exact cause of death has yet to be determined.

Zimbabwe Cricket 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 and up until the phenomenal work he had been doing at Mash Eagles.

"The cricket fraternity has been dealt a great blow."

A middle-order batsman and fast-medium bowler, Curran made his debut for Zimbabwe in 1980 and represented them at the 1983 and 1987 ICC Cricket World Cups.

As well as Gloucestershire and Northants, he also represented Boland and Natal in South Africa.

"His passing will leave a huge void at Mash Eagles and I feel that I have lost not only a key business ally, but a friend as well."

Mash Eagles chief executive officer Vimbai Mapukute

He briefly headed the Namibia national team before returning to Zimbabwe in 2004 to become director of coaching at the CFX Cricket Academy in Harare, before serving as national coach between 2005 and 2007.

A huge void

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

"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 lost not only a key business ally, but a friend as well."

Mash Eagles postponed Wednesday's match against Mountaineers in light of the sad news.