Heath Streak, who was sacked from his job as Zimbabwe head coach, after failing to guide the team to the 2019 World Cup, has hit out at accusations of racism levelled against him.
The former Zimbabwe bowling all-rounder spoke out for the first time after being asked to quit or face the sack as a consequence of the team’s disappointing 2019 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Implying racism in selection, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) Chairman, Tavengwa Mukuhlani, had promised a review of Zimbabwe’s performance during their ill-fated campaign and especially their loss to United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a must-win encounter.
The chairman had accused Streak of acting indifferently when it came to informing white players about selection and hiding certain selection aspects from the black players.
“Streak was the coach and selector, he was entitled to change the team as he found fit but the question is: why did he change the team in the manner that he did?” Mukuhlani said to Zimbabwe newspaper
In reply, Streak said: “I’ve been accused by the chairman of ZC of being a racist, I find this preposterous and laughable and even to respond to them for people who know me, is lowering my standards.”
He added: “The allegations that during the WCQ, I dropped black players for white players is also ludicrous. When I dropped people like Kyle Jarvis for Tendai Chisoro nothing was said, but when I dropped Cephas Zhwao for PJ Moor, then I’m a racist.”
“Those who are around me and who know me and are most important to me as in the players can vouch for that. Why do all these people that the chairman claims are accusing me of racism, why do they not come out in public and say that themselves?” Streak concluded,