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Heath Streak – Zimbabwe’s champion allrounder – lifeless at 49

Heath Streak, the previous Zimbabwe captain and arguably their biggest allrounder, has died on the age of 49. He had superior colon and liver most cancers and had been receiving specialist remedy at a Johannesburg hospital, travelling from his residence in Bulawayo on a bi-weekly foundation since Might. He’s survived by his spouse, Nadine, and 4 youngsters.

“Within the early hours of this morning, Sunday the third of September 2023, the best love of my life and the daddy of my lovely youngsters, was carried to be with the Angels from his residence the place he wished to spend his final days surrounded by his household and closest family members,” Nadine wrote on social media.

Streak was a significant determine within the Zimbabwe group of the Nineteen Nineties, once they loved their most profitable run in worldwide cricket. He represented Zimbabwe in 65 Exams, making him their second-most capped Take a look at participant, and 189 ODIs between 1993 and 2005. He was their main bowler, with 216 Take a look at wickets and 239 ODI wickets – additionally the one Zimbabwe bowler to take greater than 100 Take a look at wickets and over 200 ODI wickets. He was additionally their seventh-highest Take a look at run-scorer, with 1990 runs, and one in all 16 Zimbabwe batters to attain greater than 2000 ODI runs, ending with 2943.

The son of Denis, who performed cricket for Rhodesia, Streak made his worldwide debut as a 19-year-old in an deserted match towards South Africa in Bengaluru through the 1993 Hero Cup, a five-team match performed in India. He additionally acquired his Take a look at cap that yr, towards Pakistan in Karachi, and took eight wickets within the subsequent match in Rawalpindi.

Pakistan would develop into one thing of a favorite opponent. He took extra Take a look at wickets – 44 – towards them than some other group, together with three of his seven five-fors.

He made his first Take a look at fifty in his ninth Take a look at, towards South Africa, and it will be adopted by 10 extra. His solely Take a look at century got here towards West Indies, in Harare in 2003.

After making his debut, Streak performed in all eight Exams that Zimbabwe received over the course of his profession. He was a mainstay of the ODI facet and performed in three World Cups – in 1996, 1999 and 2003 – and took 3 for 36 and three for 35 of their wins over India and South Africa within the 1999 match in England.

Streak grew to become Zimbabwe captain in 2000, however it proved a tumultuous tenure.

In 2001, he resigned for the primary time, formally citing the influence of management on his efficiency. Behind the scenes, politics was rife within the nation, and Streak was within the crosshairs.

As a part of Zimbabwe’s white, privileged minority, his household was focused within the land-reform tasks of the early 2000s, the place white farmers’ lands had been seized and redistributed. Greater than 70% of the Streaks’ farm within the Turk Mine space, 60 kilometres north of Bulawayo, was taken however they had been left with sufficient to proceed farming cattle and run a small safari park.

In sporting phrases, the elevated political push to rework Zimbabwe’s beforehand elite sporting codes, akin to cricket and rugby, into consultant video games meant the introduction of quota techniques. And all of the whereas, Zimbabwe’s financial system suffered. Choice interference and cost points had been behind Streak’s first resignation as captain however he accepted the job once more in 2002, and led them on the 2003 World Cup, the place Zimbabwe had been co-hosts.

The difficulties by no means went away, although, and in 2004, Streak resigned as captain for the second time after a conflict with the board, prompting the walkout of 13 different white gamers from the nationwide facet. That was a pivotal second for Zimbabwe cricket and led to them rebuilding the nationwide facet with inexperienced gamers, which resulted in a pointy decline in outcomes. Streak was the one one of many gamers who returned to the nationwide facet and made a world comeback the next yr. He performed six Exams and 6 ODIs (two for Africa XI towards Asia XI in August 2005) earlier than retiring from worldwide cricket on the age of 32 in 2005.

Streak went on to play for Warwickshire and had a short-lived stint as captain earlier than leaving the membership in 2007. He then signed up with Ahmedabad Rockets within the short-lived Indian Cricket League. From there, he returned to Zimbabwe and moved into teaching. He was appointed Zimbabwe’s bowling coach in 2009 and went on to work below Alan Butcher as Zimbabwe made their Take a look at comeback after a six-year self-imposed exile in 2011. They loved pretty common sport time over the subsequent two years however in 2013, Streak’s contract was not renewed. He remained coach at his home union, Matabeleland Tuskers, and based his personal academy, the Heath Streak Academy, in Bulawayo in 2014.

He additionally discovered gigs as a bowling coach world wide and had stints with Bangladesh (2014-2016) and Gujarat Lions (within the 2016 and 2017 editions of the IPL) after which returned residence to take over as Zimbabwe’s head coach in October 2016, tasked with guaranteeing the group certified for the 2019 World Cup. On the 2018 World Cup qualifier held in Zimbabwe, the group misplaced an important match to the UAE and missed out on the World Cup. Streak and his complete teaching workers had been sacked. He went on to have quick stints with Scotland, Somerset and Kolkata Knight Riders.

In 2021, he was banned for eight years after being charged with – and admitting to – 5 breaches of the ICC’s anti-corruption code, together with accepting cost in bitcoins from a possible corruptor. Nonetheless, he later mentioned he was not concerned in any makes an attempt to repair matches, however admitted to disclosing inside info pertaining to worldwide matches.

As such, he was serving his ban on the time of his loss of life. Streak would have been 57 on the time the ban ended and had expressed doubts on whether or not he would have the ability to return to having a job within the sport. He was understood to be contemplating interesting the size of his ban earlier than he took sick.

His academy continues to run and was renamed the Zimbabwe Youth Academy when Streak needed to resign final yr. He spent his ultimate months fishing and tending to the household farm.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s correspondent for South Africa and ladies’s cricket



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