Heath Streak, the former Zimbabwean cricket captain and one of the country’s cricketing legends, has passed away at the age of 49 following a battle with cancer.
Streak served as Zimbabwe’s captain from 2000 to 2004 and had a remarkable career, playing 65 Test matches and 189 ODIs. He remains the only Zimbabwean cricketer to have taken 100 Test wickets, often carrying the team’s bowling attack singlehandedly.
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While primarily recognized for his pace bowling, Streak also made significant contributions with the bat, accumulating 1990 runs in Test matches and 2943 runs in ODIs. His memorable moment came with his first and only Test century, an unbeaten 127 against the West Indies in Harare.
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Streak’s cricket journey began with his debut against Pakistan in 1993, and he rapidly rose to prominence. In just his second Test in Rawalpindi, he took eight wickets, showcasing his exceptional bowling skills.
In 2005, Streak retired from international cricket to take on the role of Warwickshire’s captain. However, his tenure was cut short due to struggles with personal form. He later joined the Indian Cricket League (ICL) in 2007, effectively ending his international career.
Following his playing career, Streak ventured into coaching, taking up various coaching roles with Zimbabwe, Scotland, Bangladesh, Gujarat Lions, and Kolkata Knight Riders. However, his legacy took a somber turn when he was banned by the ICC for eight years due to anti-corruption breaches.
Tragically, Heath Streak was serving his ban at the time of his passing. He would have been 57 years old when the ban was set to end, but he had expressed doubts about whether he would be able to resume a role in the cricketing world. There were considerations of appealing the length of his ban before his illness.
Despite the challenges, his cricket academy continued to operate. It was renamed the Zimbabwe Youth Academy after Streak’s resignation last year. In his final months, he found solace in activities like fishing and caring for the family farm.
Cricket Fraternity Reacts
Really sad news of the passing away of Zimbabwe’s legendary cricketer #HeathStreak. Having fought my own battle with cancer, I know the strength it takes.— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) September 3, 2023
He was one of the nicest guys I encountered along my journey and an even stronger human being.
My prayers for the… pic.twitter.com/d637dVcSWA
I'm heartbroken to hear about the passing of #HeathStreak. A cricket legend and true gentleman. My condolences and prayers go out to his loved ones during this challenging period🙏 pic.twitter.com/rUblOs0e5F— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 3, 2023