Tributes paid to former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak after his death aged 49
Zimbabwe have paid tribute to their former captain and coach Heath Streak after his death at the age of 49.
Streak had been suffering from colon cancer and his wife Nadine wrote on Facebook on Sunday morning that he had been “carried to be with the angels”.
A post on Zimbabwe’s official Twitter account read: “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends, and fans of former (Zimbabwe) captain Heath Streak. His contributions to cricket will always be remembered, and he will be dearly missed. Rest in peace.”
Streak is Zimbabwe’s record wicket-taker in both Test cricket – with 216, the only Zimbabwean to even reach three figures – and one-day internationals with 237 scalps, again over 100 clear of the field. He took seven five-wicket Test hauls and another in a 1997 ODI against India.
He also still stands seventh in their list of Test run-scorers with 1,990.
He was named captain in 2000 but resigned initially a year later and then again in 2004 as both cricketing and political issues plagued the national team.
He took over as Zimbabwe’s head coach in 2016 but was sacked two years later after they missed out on World Cup qualification.
In 2021, Streak was banned from cricket for eight years after admitting five breaches of the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption code.
Nadine Streak’s Facebook post read: “In the early hours of this morning, Sunday September 3 2023, the greatest love of my life and the father of my beautiful children was carried to be with the angels from his home where he wished to spend his last days surrounded by his family and closest loved ones. He was covered in love and peace and did not walk off the park alone.”
Indian Premier League side Kolkata Knight Riders, with whom Streak had a coaching role late in his career, wrote: “A sad day for the cricket fraternity. Rest in peace, Heath Streak.”
He also had coaching stints with Scotland and Somerset.
Former Zimbabwe team-mate Henry Olonga wrote on Facebook: “RIP Streaky. You were a titan”
Ben Stokes has surgery in attempt to resolve long-standing knee injury
Stokes revealed earlier this month he intended to have an operation at the end of the World Cup.
John Turner aiming to push T20 World Cup hopes on England’s tour of Caribbean
The 22-year-old fast bowler could make his international debut as part of a new-look ODI side in Antigua on Sunday.
ECB boss admits challenges remain for cricket after positive impact report
The ECB’s Impact of Cricket Report published on Tuesday, shows playing the sport helps people support their mental wellbeing.
Indian Premier League
Archer, Brook and Rashid join list of England players who will not play in IPL
Archer has been released by Mumbai Indians, while Brook and Rashid have been released by Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Joe Root joins England captain Ben Stokes in skipping next Indian Premier League
Root played three times for Rajasthan Royals in the 2023 IPL.
ICC transgender ban ‘a blunt instrument’ which sends ‘very negative message’
Trans players who have been through male puberty will not be able to play international women’s cricket.
PCA calls for action over ‘unsustainable’ men’s domestic cricket schedule
The majority of the Vitality Blast group-stage fixtures will take place across Thursday to Sunday slots.
Indian Premier League
Ben Stokes pulls out of 2024 Indian Premier League
Ben Stokes only played twice at the 2023 edition after he struggled with his fitness.
ECB releases county cricket schedule for packed 2024 summer
The ECB has looked to try to limit the impact of another packed fixture list for counties across all competitions.