Heath Streak, former Zimbabwe captain and the nation’s all-time main wicket-taker, has died on the age of 49 after battling liver and colon most cancers.
“In the early hours of this morning, Sunday, 3 September, the greatest love of my life and the father of my beautiful children, was carried to be with the angels from his home where he wished to spend his last days surrounded by his family and closest loved ones,” his spouse, Nadine Streak wrote on social media.
Streak was an excellent quick bowler and succesful batsman. He was a key member of Zimbabwe groups that had been aggressive in opposition to cricket’s larger nations within the late 1990s and early 2000s.
In 2021, his cricket profession resulted in ignominy, nonetheless, when he was banned for eight years for breaching the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) anticorruption code.
It was introduced in Might this 12 months that Streak was critically sick, and it was reported in August that he had died, following a message on social media from former teammate Henry Olonga.
Streak himself was fast to say that he was nonetheless alive, however not earlier than quite a few former teammates and opponents paid tribute to him.
He made 1,990 runs at 22.35 in Assessments to face seventh on the nation’s all-time record. His highest rating and solely century was 127, not out in opposition to the West Indies in Harare in 2003.
Streak took 237 wickets – 104 greater than his nearest rival – and scored 2,901 runs in 187 one-day internationals.
His greatest Check bowling efficiency was typical. He took six for 73 whereas India piled up a complete of 366 on the way in which to a 10-wicket win in Harare in 2005.