Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak dies aged 49

Heath Streak (L) speaks during a press conference in Colombo

FILE - Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak (L) has died. Photo: AFP

Published Sep 3, 2023


Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak, who had been undergoing treatment for cancer, has died at the age of 49, wife Nadine confirmed on Sunday.

The all-rounder was the all-time leading test wicket-taker for his country. He took 216 wickets and scored 1,990 runs in 65 Tests between 1993-2005. He also played in 189 one-day internationals, scoring 2,943 runs and taking 239 wickets.

He is survived by his wife and four children.

"In the early hours of this morning, Sunday the 3rd of September 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," Nadine wrote on social media.

Post-retirement Streak served as Bangladesh coach and was the bowling coach of twice Indian Premier League champions Kolkata Knight Riders.

In 2021 he was given an eight-year ban from the sport after admitting breaches of the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption code.

He took "full responsibility" for his actions, but said he was never involved in any attempts to fix matches, and considered appealing the length of the ban.

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