ICC hands 8-year ban to Zimbabwean coach Heath Streak for violating Anti-Corruption Code
Heath Hilton Streak was one of the key players of Zimbabwean cricket during his playing days. He currently plies his trade as Zimbabwean cricket coach. During his cricketing career, he also skippered the Zimbabwe national cricket team. Streak has been statistically very impressive in terms of bowling.
He was recognized as the best bowler to have represented the Zimbabwe cricket team. In fact, he is the only Zimbabwean bowler to have bagged over 100 Test wickets. He is also only four Zimbabwean bowlers to have accounted for 100 ODI wickets. He represented the national cricket team in 65 Tests and 189 ODIs.
The former cricketer was super awesome with the ball and pretty decent with the ball. He bagged 216 wickets in the red-ball format whereas he took 239 wickets in ODIs. He registered best bowling figures of 6/73 in Tests and 5/32 in ODIs, taking 7 five-wicket hauls and 1 five wicket haul respectively.
The 47-year-old was the head coach of Zimbabwe until early 2018. Then, he extended his contribution as the bowling coach for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League. During that season, the Knight Riders finished third in the IPL 2018 points table with 8 wins and 6 defeats.
Heath Streak slapped with an 8-year ban
Streak's career took a huge turn after he was handed an 8-year ban by the ICC for corruption. Tagged as one of Zimbabwe's greatest all-rounders, he has been suspended for a period of 8 years from all cricket-related activities for breaching the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption Code.
The former Zimbabwean all-rounder reportedly accepted five charges of infringing the same and was charged as a participant under the Code due to him being a Zimbabwean cricket coach in the past and also other domestic sides.
The general manager of ICC’s Integrity Unit, Alex Marshall spoke about Heath Streak in a recent press release. "Heath Streak is an experienced former international cricketer and national team coach, who had participated in numerous anti-corruption education sessions and was fully aware of his responsibilities under the Code," he added.
"As a former captain and coach, he held a position of trust and owed a duty to uphold the integrity of the game. He breached the Code on several occasions, including facilitating the approach of four other players. At times, he also sought to obstruct and delay our investigation, he said.
"The offences did not affect the outcomes of any relevant matches and Mr Streak has agreed to assist the ICC anti-corruption education programme for which we are grateful. He has also expressed his remorse and contrition and entered this agreed sanction decision to avoid the need for a full disciplinary process. The sanction reflects this cooperation," Alex Marshall signed off.