Ben Curran
Ben Curran (Credit: Northamptonshire Cricket Club)

Ben Curran, son of late Zimbabwe allrounder Kevin, has penned a two-year deal with English country cricket club Northamptonshire on Wednesday.

Ben’s brothers – Tom and Sam – ply their trade for Surrey and have both played international cricket for England. The 22-year-old batsman will be the second from his family to represent Northamptonshire after his late father who was with the club for eight years.

“I’m delighted to have signed for Northants,” Curran said. “The fact that my Dad played here too it makes it even more special to be able to represent this County.”

Commenting on the signing, Northamptonshire head coach David Ripley said, “Ben has scored heavily in all formats for us in the 2′s as well as continuing to churn out runs for the MCCYC’s (MCC Young Cricketers).”

“He deserves an opportunity and we look forward to working with him over the next two seasons. He has a lot of competitive spirit and I know he will make the most of his chance,” he further added.

Kevin represented Zimbabwe in 11 ODIs that spanned two World Cups. He moved to England to play county cricket for Gloucestershire before switching to Northamptonshire where he played till his retirement. He tragically died aged just 53 of a heart attack in 2012 whilst out jogging in Zimbabwe.

Ben would next hope to follow his brothers in fulfilling a dream to play for England. While Tom Curran has played two Tests, eight ODIs and six T20Is, Sam has three Tests and one ODI to his name.