Cricketing legend and former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak dies aged 49 from cancer, wife confirms in moving message
Former Zimbabwean cricket star Heath Streak has died aged 49 from cancer.
Nadine, Steak’s wife, confirmed the news in an emotional post on social media.
“In the early hours of this morning, Sunday, September 3, 2023, the greatest love of my life and father of my beautiful children, was carried to the angels from his home, where he wanted to spend his last days surrounded by his family and friends. loved ones,” she wrote on Facebook.
“He was showered with love and peace and didn’t leave the park alone.
“Our souls are bound for eternity, Streaky. Until I hold you again.
Zimbabwean cricket star Heath Streak has died aged 49 from cancer.
Streak was battling cancer earlier in the year and receiving specialist treatment at a hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Confirmation of Streak’s death comes weeks after he said he was “very upset and hurt” by rumors of her passing.
One of Streak’s former teammates, Henry Olonga, announced last month that Streak had died, before performing a spectacular U-turn.
Olonga admitted the “very unfortunate” incident must have been devastating to Streak’s family and friends.
The former fast bowler was one of Zimbabwe’s greatest cricketers and was the first player from his country to win 100 wickets.
Streak played 65 Tests and 189 one-day internationals for Zimbabwe, guiding them between 2000 and 2004.
He scored 4,933 international runs, hitting a single century against West Indies in Harare, and won 445 wickets.
Streak served as bowling coach for Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and IPL teams Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions after ending his playing career.
He also had stints in Scotland and Somerset.
Streak is Zimbabwe’s all-time best wicket-taker in Test matches and ODI cricket
Streak was banned from cricket for eight years after admitting several breaches of the ICC’s anti-corruption code in 2021
Streak became Zimbabwe’s head coach in 2016 but was unable to help the team qualify for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, leading to his resignation in 2018.
In 2021, he was banned from cricket for eight years after admitting several breaches of the ICC’s anti-corruption code.
Streak accepted five charges and his punishment at the ICC instead of a hearing in an anti-corruption tribunal and was banned from involvement in sport until March 2029.
The former bowler was under ICC investigation over a long list of international and Twenty20 Championship appearances during his coaching career after playing for Zimbabwe between 2016 and 2018.
The ICC investigation revealed that Streak communicated with an Indian man called ‘Mr X’ while coaching Zimbabwe and in the T20 leagues across Asia, according to the BBC.
It transmitted match information as well as contact details of players, including the captain of a national team.
Streak accepted the ICC ban but denied the match-fixing allegations made against him.