Recent reports concerning the passing of former Zimbabwean cricket icon Heath Streak have been debunked as false. The cricketer, aged 49, is confirmed to be alive, according to a statement by his former teammate Henry Olonga.
Olonga, taking to the platform X (formerly known as Twitter), clarified the situation by stating, “I can verify that rumors about Heath Streak’s passing have been greatly exaggerated. I just spoke with him. The third umpire has revoked the decision. He is very much among us, folks.”
Heath Streak, a prominent figure in Zimbabwean cricket during the 1990s and early 2000s, experienced a remarkable career highlighted by his participation in 65 Test matches and 189 ODIs. He secured an impressive 4,933 runs and 455 wickets for his nation, earning recognition on the global cricket stage.
Post his retirement in 2005, Heath Streak transitioned into coaching, sharing his expertise with various teams on domestic and international fronts. His coaching journey encompassed periods with Bangladesh, his home team Zimbabwe, and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
However, his illustrious career took a tragic turn in 2021 when Streak, the former Zimbabwe captain, acknowledged his involvement in five breaches of the ICC’s anti-corruption code, leading to an eight-year ban. Among the significant charges was his acceptance of bitcoin payment from an individual with corrupt intentions.
The allegations spanned multiple matches across 2017 and 2018, involving his coaching roles post-retirement, which included assignments with the Zimbabwean national team from 2016 to 2018 and various T20 leagues such as the IPL, the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), and the Afghanistan Premier League (APL).
Misleading Tweet by Henry Olonga
Former Zimbabwe cricketer Henry Olonga posted a tweet that read, “Sad news coming through that Heath Streak has crossed to the other side. RIP @ZimCricketv legend. The greatest all-rounder we produced. It was a pleasure playing with you. See you on the other side when my bowling spell comes to an end…” However, this tweet has since been removed.
Olonga subsequently confirmed the accuracy of Heath Streak‘s existence, stating, “I can confirm that rumors of Heath Streak’s passing have been significantly exaggerated. I just got off the phone with him. The third umpire has overturned the decision. He is alive and well, everyone,” as conveyed on X (formerly Twitter).