I was not involved in any match-fixing, spot-fixing: Streak
Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak had been banned for eight years after being charged with multiple breaches of International Cricket Council (ICC)’s anti-corruption code two weeks ago.
However, Streak, on Thursday, clarified in a statement that he was not involved in any match-fixing, spot-fixing or attempts to influence a game or share information from a changeroom.
“I also want to place on record to the public and fans that I was not involved in any match-fixing, spot-fixing, or attempts to influence a game or share information from a changeroom during a match at any given time in our relationship. This position has been confirmed by the ICC itself in its own statement,” Streak’s statement read, as reported by ESPNcricinfo.
Streak went under investigation for an extensive list of games in 2017 and 2018 as a coach. According to reports, Streak might have facilitated approaches by a corruptor to people within teams he was coach at.
“In 2017, I met an individual keen to invest in cricket in Africa, and in particular they wanted to sponsor a T20 tournament in Zimbabwe, which would be called the Safari Blast. The individual was subsequently vetted and cleared through the usual protocols and to be honest, I let my guard down as the friendship and potential business partnership blossomed. The nature of our relationship was fraternal and cordial at all times. I genuinely believed it was a safe space. I also hoped the relationship would be beneficial not only to myself and to the academy but to Zimbabwean cricket and I pursued its growth with vigour,” said Streak.
“At the onset I was engaged, and paid the Bitcoin, to assist in buying and building teams in different regional T20 competitions, which was successful, resulting in the purchase of a team in Dubai for this individual. Much later on in our friendship, the only other thing I received was a bottle of whisky and my wife was gifted a phone. Several months down the line the ICC then brought to my attention the fact that the individual with whom I had been dealing, and some of the information that I had shared during our friendship/interaction may have been used for online betting,” he added.
Streak was one of the finest cricketers Zimbabwe have ever produced. He played 65 Tests and 189 ODIs for Zimbabwe, scoring 4,933 runs and accumulating 455 wickets.
Since calling time on his career, he has been performing as a coach regularly. After serving Bangladesh as bowling coach between 2014 and 2016, he was appointed as the head coach of Zimbabwe in October 2016.