Heath Streak, Zimbabwe’s former best all-rounder, has been barred from all cricket-related activities for the next eight years since violating the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption Code.
He was charged as a participant under the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code due to him being a Zimbabwe coach in the past and also other domestic teams.
Three years ago, the ICC launched an investigation.
In the meantime, the inquiry into the allegations is still ongoing.
During the investigation, it was revealed that he broke the rules in multiple games in 2017 and 2018.
Heath Streak was involved in corruption by “allowing corruptors to approach him.”
He’d allegedly be aiding the corruptors in contacting him.
This occurred not only in international cricket, but also in T20 leagues such as the Indian Premier League.
Meanwhile, Alex Marshall, the general manager of the ICC’s Integrity Unit, issued a statement about the ban.
Heath Streak, according to Alex Marshall, is a “experienced former international cricketer.”
“Streak engaged in several anti-corruption education sessions,” said the general manager of the ICC’s Integrity Unit.
He was completely aware of his obligations under the Code.”
“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 also sought to obstruct and delay our investigation,” he added in a statement.
“The offenses have no bearing on the results of any related matches, and Mr Streak has agreed to help with the ICC’s anti-corruption education program, which we appreciate”
He has also expressed regret and contrition, and has agreed to this sanction in order to prevent a full disciplinary process.
He signed off by saying, “The sanction represents this cooperation.”
During his playing days, Heath Streak was one of Zimbabwe’s most critical pillars.
He was a fantastic bowler who, more often than not, carried the bowling unit by himself.
In ODIs, he appeared in 189 games and took 239 wickets, including one five-wicket haul.
In Tests, the former all-rounder had 11 fifties and one century.
In ODIs, he also smashed 13 fifties.