Who is Heath Streak, former Zimbabwe cricket captain banned for 8 years

Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak was banned by the International Cricket Council for eight years from all forms of cricket activity for violating the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption code. Streak has accepted all charges against him which involve the disclosure of inside information about T20 leagues around the world, including the Indian Premier League (IPL), Pakistan Super League (PSL) and others. The five counts also include leaking information about international facilities and obstructing or delaying an investigation.

International debuts

Streak made his international debut in November 1993 against South Africa in an ODI. The 47-year-old’s last international appearance was against India in a test in September 2005. He was also Zimbabwe’s best player, winning six wickets against India at home.

Career, records

For the IPL generation unfamiliar with Streak, it is Zimbabwe’s highest counter taker in both ODI and Test formats. It has 216 wickets for 65 tests. To compare, no other bowler from Zimbabwe has even crossed the 100 wicket mark in a cricket test. In the limit overrun department, he has 237 wickets in 187 games, 104 wickets more than the next bowler on the list.

The 47-year-old was considered a versatile player for his performances in Zimbabwe’s middle order and was just 10 points within 2,000 tries in 107 innings. It has a century and 11 half centuries in the game’s longest format next to its name. In ODI, he scored 2943 points in 189 games at an average of 28.29 including 13 half centuries. He is the only Zimbabwe cricketer to have over 1,000 tracks and 100 cricket test wickets. Likewise, he is the only Zimbabwe cricketer to score more than 2,000 races and 200 wickets in ODI.

After international cricket

The Bulawayo-born cricketer was named his country’s bowling coach in 2009. Prior to that, Streak was also featured in the Indian Cricket League for the Ahmedabad Rockets franchise, which meant he was not eligible to play in the IPL’s inaugural season the following year. Most recently, he was bowling coach of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 2018 edition. Likewise, he was also involved in franchises in other leagues.

However, a statement from Alex Marshall, ICC Director General, Integrity Unit, reveals that despite his illegal activities, his “infractions did not affect the results of relevant matches.”

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