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Heath Streak is alive: Reports of former Zimbabwe captain's death are untrue

Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak is alive. Earlier reports of his death are untrue.

Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak has died of cancer (Instagram/@zimcricketv)Premium
Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak has died of cancer (Instagram/@zimcricketv)

Reports of former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak's death are untrue. The cricketer is very much alive.

Corrigendum: Our earlier report on Heath Streak's passing was inaccurate. We apologise for any confusion caused and deeply regret the error.

Streak, a prominent name in Zimbabwean sports during the 1990s and early 2000s, faced a dramatic downfall in his cricketing career. With a remarkable record of 65 Tests and 189 ODIs, where he scored 4,933 runs and secured 455 wickets for his nation, Streak's achievements shone on the international stage.

Following his retirement in 2005, Streak transitioned into coaching roles, lending his expertise to various teams across domestic and international cricket. His coaching journey encompassed tenures with Bangladesh, his home nation Zimbabwe and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

However, this illustrious career took a grievous turn in 2021 as Streak, the former captain of Zimbabwe, admitted to five breaches of the ICC's anti-corruption code, which led to an eight-year ban. A significant charge against him was his acceptance of a payment in bitcoins from an individual with corrupt intentions.

The allegations span a wide range of games, covering the years 2017 and 2018. These accusations revolve around his post-retirement coaching career, which included stints in international cricket with Zimbabwe from 2016 to 2018.

Also, his involvement extended to various T20 leagues such as the IPL, the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and the Afghanistan Premier League (APL).

Henry Olonga's tweet

“Sad news coming through that Heath Streak has crossed to the other side. RIP @ZimCricketv legend. The greatest all rounder we produced. It was a pleasure playing with you. See you on the other side when my bowling spell comes to an end…" wrote former Zimbabwe cricketer Henry Olonga on Twitter. The tweet has now been deleted.

Henry Olonga was one of the first people to post about Heath Streak's death
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Henry Olonga was one of the first people to post about Heath Streak's death

Olonga later confirmed that Streak was alive. "I can confirm that rumours of the demise of Heath Streak have been greatly exaggerated. I just heard from him. The third umpire has called him back. He is very much alive folks," Olonga wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

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Published: 23 Aug 2023, 07:53 AM IST
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