|Heath Streak Quick Info
|6 ft 1 in
|Date of Birth
|March 16, 1974
|Date of Death
|September 3, 2023
Heath Streak was a Zimbabwean cricket coach and former cricket player who was celebrated as one of the best bowlers to play for his country. He claimed over 450 international wickets in his career and played 65 Tests and 189 ODI matches between 1993 and 2005. Additionally, he captained the national team in the early 2000s and played during the ‘golden era’ of Zimbabwe cricket that lasted from 1997 and 2002.
Heath Hilton Streak
Heath Streak was born on March 16, 1974.
Streak died on September 3, 2023, at the age of 49 after fighting a prolonged battle with cancer.
Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)
Heath attended the Rhodes Estate Preparatory School and later studied at Falcon College.
Former Cricket Player, Cricket Coach
- Father – Denis Streak (Former Cricket Player)
9 – ODIs
6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm
88 kg or 194 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Heath had dated –
- Nadine Streak – Zimbabwe’s former captain was happily married to Nadine Streak until his death in September 2023. The couple adopted 1 child in addition to their 3 biological children and were parents to 2 sons and 2 daughters.
Race / Ethnicity
- He had a chin dimple.
- Had a mole on the side of his face
Heath Streak Facts
- As of 2023, he is Zimbabwe’s leading wicket-taker in Test and ODI cricket with a tally of 216 and 239 wickets respectively.
- Heath had coached the next generation of Zimbabwean fast bowlers like Christopher Mpofu, Shingirai Masakadza, Kyle Jarvis, and Brian Vitori.
- His record-making 7 five-wicket hauls in Test cricket is the maximum number of five-wicket hauls taken by a Zimbabwean bowler in Test cricket until 2023.
- He took on the role of Bangladesh’s bowling coach from May 2014 until 2016.
- In April 2021, he was found guilty of breaching ICC‘s anti-corruption policies and was banned from partaking in any cricketing activities for the next 8 years. Heath was charged with helping a corruptor identified as ‘Mr X’ get in touch with the players in exchange for an iPhone and 2 bitcoins worth around US$ 35,000 in 2017. Additionally, he was accused of sharing inside information (non-public information) regarding the Indian Premier League, Pakistan Super League, and Afghanistan Premier League. Although he denied the match-fixing claims levied against him, Streak accepted the ban by the ICC.
- In 2014, Heath founded the Heath Streak Academy (later known as the Old Mutual Heath Streak Cricket Academy Trust). Following his 8-year-long ban in 2021, he resigned as the head of the academy and its name was changed to the Zimbabwe Youth Cricket Academy.
- He previously worked as a bowling coach for the IPL teams Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions. Furthermore, he briefly joined Somerset as a consultant bowling coach in 2019.
- As a captain, he led his national team to their first-ever Test win against India by 4 wickets in a 2001 home game.
- The Zimbabwean senator David Coltart announced in May 2023 that Heath was diagnosed with stage 4 colon and liver cancer.
- On August 23, 2023, news of his death from cancer made headlines all over social media. However, his former teammate Henry Olonga quashed the rumors and confirmed that Streak was indeed alive. However, later in early September 2023, it was confirmed by Heath’s wife Nadine that he lost his life to cancer.
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