Sam Curran opts for England

HARARE - Sam Curran, the son of the late Zimbabwe national cricket team coach Kevin, has been named in the England Development Squad.

The 16-year-old Sam, an all-rounder playing for Surrey PG Academy, caped a fine year by securing a place in the 18-man squad for the 2014-2015 season.

He was named Surrey PG Academy Player of the Year prior to be selected for national duty at the end of season awards in September.

His elder brother Tom, a seamer plays for Surrey’s first team.

Former Zimbabwe international and coach Kevin passed away in October 2012 after he suffered a attack while jogging in his home town of Mutare as he prepared for domestic franchise match pitting his Mashonaland Eagles side against hosts Mountaineers.

Mid West Rhinos supremo and cousin to the late Kevin, Kenyon Ziehl paid tribute to the former Zimbabwe international for cultivating a cricketing culture in his sons.

“Kevin was both a father and coach to his boys and more often than not, their life revolved around the cricket nets,” Ziehl told the Daily News.

“He would have been a happier man to see his sons thriving at this young age but God had other plans. I know the boys’ attitude and with continuous hard work only the sky will be the limit for them.”

The current recognition for the young Sam sets the platform for an England national career and Zimbabwe look set to lose the talented cricketer.

“Not many young boys have done what Sam has achieved at his age, we are very proud of him,” said Ziehl.

“You never want to say never,” Ziehl said of Sam’s prospects of playing for Zimbabwe junior age groups.

“But I think the guys would want to try and achieve as greater heights as possible but like I said you may never say never and a good example is Craig Ervine who is now back in the national side.

“Home is home and there’s none better than home.”

The late Kevin spent nearly two decades playing English County cricket for Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire before his retirement in 1999.

Comments (1)

Well with the rubbish cricket administration in Zimbabwe, I don't blame him for choosing England

supporter - 29 October 2014

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