FORMER Gloucestershire and Zimbabwe batsman Kevin Curran has died at the age of 53.
Curran was a prolific runs scorer for the County during the 1980s before joining Northamptonshire, for whom he played until retiring in 1999.
A former Zimbabwe and Namibia coach, Curran had been in charge of Mashonaland Eagles in his homeland and is understood to have collapsed while jogging in Mutare.
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, up until the phenomenal work he had been doing at Mash Eagles.
“The cricket fraternity has been dealt a great blow.”
Curran made his international debut in 1980 and took part in tours of Sri Lanka and England, as well as the 1983 and 1987 ICC Cricket World Cups.
A middle-order batsman and seam bowler, he scored 287 runs and took nine wickets in 11 One-Day Internationals.
Mashonaland Eagles chief executive 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 not only lost a key business ally but a friend as well.”
The exact cause of Curran’s death has yet to be established.