Heath Streak, former Zimbabwe captain is alive: Death speculations were highly exaggerated, confirms Henry Olonga

Heath Streak, a former cricket player for Zimbabwe, was confirmed to be alive by his former teammate Henry Olonga, dispelling rumors that he had passed away.

Between 2000 and 2004, Heath Streak captained Zimbabwe and participated in 189 one-day internationals and 65 Test matches. Heath scored 2,943 runs and claimed 239 wickets in white-ball cricket.

In Zimbabwean sports, Streak was well-known in the 1990s and early 2000s. However, his cricket career took a sharp turn for the worse. Streak accomplished a great deal on the international scene, amassing an impressive record of 65 Test matches and 189 One-Day Internationals in which he secured 455 wickets and 4,933 runs for his country.

In Test cricket, Streak amassed 1990 runs at an average of 22.35 and claimed 216 wickets at an average of 28.14 before retiring from professional cricket in 2005.

After retiring from cricket in 2005, Streak went on to become a coach, sharing his knowledge with a number of domestic and international teams. His coaching career included positions with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) of the Indian Premier League (IPL), his native Zimbabwe, and Bangladesh.

The former Zimbabwean captain, Streak, was banned for eight years after he admitted to five violations of the ICC’s anti-corruption code.

One of the main accusations made against him was that he took a bitcoin payment from a person who had bad intentions. The accusations cover a broad spectrum of games from 2017 and 2018.

His post-retirement coaching career, which included spells playing international cricket for Zimbabwe from 2016 to 2018, is the subject of these allegations. Additionally, he was involved in a number of T20 leagues, including the Afghanistan Premier League (APL), Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), and Indian Premier League (IPL).

Olonga informed on X, previously Twitter: “I can confirm that rumours of the demise of Heath Streak have been greatly exaggerated. I just heard from him. The third umpire has called him back. He is very much alive folks.”

Olonga was the one who first revealed Streak’s passing on social media.

“Sad news coming through that Heath Streak has crossed to the other side. RIP 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,”

His family had disclosed in May that Streak is receiving treatment from one of the most reputable oncologists in South Africa.