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‘A Beacon for Zimbabwe Cricket, Gone Too Soon’: Tributes Pour in After Heath Streak Loses Battle With Cancer

Last Updated: August 23, 2023, 09:47 IST

Heath Streak played 65 Tests and 189 ODIs. (AFP Photo)

Heath Streak played 65 Tests and 189 ODIs. (AFP Photo)

Heath Streak, who played for Zimbabwe between 1993 and 2005, was suffering from colon and liver cancer

Tributes are pouring in after former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak passed away on Tuesday, aged 49. Streak was battling with colon and liver cancer (Stage 4).

Streak, an allrounder, is one the greatest cricketers to have played for Zimbabwe. He represented them in 65 Tests and 189 ODIs between 1993 and 2005.

A fast bowling allrounder, Streak remains the only Zimbabwean to take 100 or more wickets in Test cricket, finishing his career with 216 scalps at 28.14. He also served as captain between 2000 and 2004.

Post his playing career, Streak undertook various coaching assignments including Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions.

In August 2021, Streak was banned from all cricket by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for eight years  after being found guilty of breaching the governing body’s Anti-Corruption Code.

Streak accepted five charges but denied fixing matches.

“I also want to place on record to the public and fans that I was not involved in any match fixing, spot fixing or attempts to influence a game or share information from a changeroom during a match at any given time in our relationship. This position has been confirmed by the ICC itself in its own statement,” Streak had said in a statement following the ICC verdict.

“I also hope that cricket in Zimbabwe should not be punished or suffer for my actions directly or indirectly. I commit to serving out my sanction as guided by the ICC and am committed to help them and cricket in Zimbabwe in whatever manner I can. I look forward to continuing to contribute to the development of cricket in Zimbabwe, making amends and returning to the game as and when the ICC sees it fit,” he added.

Earlier this year, Zimbabwe sports minister had posted about Streak’s health on X (formerly known as Twitter). “Heath Streak is on his last legs. Family en route to South Africa from the UK.. Seems only a miracle will save him now. Prayers up (sic),” he wrote.

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