Streak banned for eight years for breaching ICC’s anti-corruption code
Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak has been banned for eight years after being charged with multiple breaches of International Cricket Council (ICC)’s anti-corruption code.
Streak has been under investigation for an extensive list of games in 2017 and 2018 as a coach.
It is believed that the games include some in international cricket as well as for his stints in franchise-based T20 tournaments including the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and Afghanistan Premier League (APL).
According to reports, Streak might have facilitated approaches by a corruptor to people within teams he was coach at. Although Streak initially contested the allegations, he has since accepted his guilt.
In particular, Streak disclosed inside information in relation to matches in the tri-series involving Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in 2018, the Zimbabwe v Afghanistan series in 2018, the IPL 2018 and the APL 2018.
The charges brought up against Streak are as per Article 2.3.2, 2.3.3, 2.4.2, 2.4.4 and 2.4.7.
“Heath Streak is an experienced former international cricketer and national team coach, who had participated in numerous anti-corruption education sessions and was fully aware of his responsibilities under the coach,” said Alex Marshall, ICC Generel Manager, Intergrity Unit.
“As a former captain and coach, he held a position of trust and owed a duty to uphold the integrity of the game. He breached the Code on several occasions, including facilitating the approach of four other players. At times, he sought to obstruct and delay out investigation.
“The offences did not affect the outcomes of any relevant matches and Mr Streak has agreed to assist the ICC anti-corruption education programme for which we are grateful. He has also expressed his remorse and contrition and entered this agreed sanction decision to avoid the need for a full disciplinary process. The sanction reflects this cooperation.”
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.