His teammate Henry Olonga initially had let the world know by posting on X, previously often called Twitter, that Streak handed away following his lengthy battle with most cancers. However he later clarified that Streak could be very a lot alive.
“Unhappy information coming by way of that Heath Streak has crossed to the opposite facet. RIP @ZimCricketv legend. The best all rounder we produced. It was a pleasure taking part in with you. See you on the opposite facet when my bowling spell involves an finish…,” Olonga posted.
Olonga then in his new publish stated that rumours of Streak’s loss of life had been drastically exaggerated and that he had heard from him.
“I can verify that rumours of the demise of Heath Streak have been drastically exaggerated. I simply heard from him. The third umpire has referred to as him again. He’s very a lot alive of us,” Olonga sain in a publish.
He additionally shared a screenshot of his latest dialog with Streak on WhatsApp.
On Saturday, Olonga felt excessive sorry and wrote an extended apology observe over the false information that Streak, his former long-time teammate-cum-friend of 39 years, had handed away.
“In any case I used to be knowledgeable that Heath had taken a flip for the more severe. We had been inspired to jot down type phrases for his eulogy. So it appeared imminent. I can’t go into an excessive amount of element how the mis-communication occurred however relaxation assured I heard the story first on Fb like everybody else,” wrote Olonga in his Fb publish.
“I did instantly textual content Heath and Nadine to confirm. It was some time earlier than they may reply because it was late at evening. I texted a number of shut cricket colleagues who know the household properly and so they confirmed it was true. I did ask pointed inquiries to confirm however they had been satisfied.”
“In any case I had solely heard from Heath the day earlier than so it appeared form of sudden. However I actually was devastated as I genuinely believed he was gone. And all of the emotion I felt I’m positive those that encountered the story felt it too,” he added.
Olonga additional wrote he received a message from Streak later, asking him to ‘reverse the choice’. “Clearly I’m extraordinarily sorry that I took it as gospel. I then positioned my very own tributes which appeared to collect a number of traction ( amongst many tributes on the market ) solely to get a textual content from Heath a number of hours later by which he requested me to reverse the choice. ( He has all the time had a terrific sense of humour).”
“I then needed to again monitor and try to repair the error that sadly had gone international. However how can it get mounted simply at the moment? So I retracted as finest I might. I after all profusely apologised to the Streaks after the clanger. They didn’t want this.”
“In any case, I hope you perceive the context from time to time recognize your forgiveness in my view on this unlucky affair. I’m very unhappy about it. It was extraordinarily heartwarming to see how a lot love there’s on the market for our champion. Maybe a silver lining,” he added.