Streak left dumbstruck by sacking

Former Zimbabwe coach Heath Streak has revealed his shock at getting the axe from Zimbabwe Cricket as part of a backroom staff clearout.

Streak appeared to be improving Zimbabwe’s performance since replacing interim coach Makhaya Ntini but failed in his bid to guide the team to the 2019 World Cup.

Zimbabwe Cricket are currently strapped for cash and unverified rumours abound that the board are unable to pay the backroom staff.

It is believed that skipper Graeme Cremer has also been sacked and replaced by Brendan Taylor.

In a prepared statement Streak said: “It is with great regret and shock that I was told by ZC that myself and my coaching team must resign by 3pm yesterday (Friday), failing which we would be fired.

“I chose not to resign as I believe this to be degrading to our national players and my technical team. As a result, we have been dismissed with immediate effect.”

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Batting coach Lance Klusener, Zimbabwe A coach Wayne James and Under-19 coach Stephen Mangongo and convener of selectors Tatenda Taibu have all been sacked.

Streak added: “Thank you to my staff who worked tirelessly, often going for months unpaid and having had two pay-cuts during their tenure, but still had that unwavering professional commitment.

“To Graeme and all the players, thank you for your patriotism and commitment to our Chevrons team. I wish you all the very best for the future. I am deeply saddened that my journey with you ends here. Hopefully our paths will meet again in future.”

Streak has been engaged to perform the bowling coach role at the Kolkata Knight Riders but none of his staff currently have alternative employment.