Sports Desk: Bangladesh team's former bowling coach Heath Streak has passed away. The former captain and pacer of Zimbabwe was 49 years old. Some cricketers of his country have confirmed the death of this cricketer who was suffering from cancer for a long time through social media.
Henry Olenga wrote on social media Twitter, 'Sad news that Heath Streak has ended. Rest in peace legend. The best all-rounder of our country. It was a pleasure playing with you. When my bowling spell is over, see you next door. '
This all-rounder was one of the best in the country's history as the captain of Zimbabwe during the period 2000-2004. He has played 189 ODIs with 65 Tests for the national team. The streak is the only bowler from Zimbabwe to take 100 wickets in Test cricket. He has single-handedly pulled the team in a career of almost an era.
Despite his reputation for bowling, Streak has also made a great contribution with the bat. He scored 1990 runs in Tests and 2943 runs in ODIs. His first and only Test century in the whites came against the West Indies in Harare. After making his debut against Pakistan in 1993, the streak marked his arrival with eight wickets in the second in Rawalpindi.
In 2005, he signed a two-year contract with the county as captain of Yorkshire. However, it was later cut short due to personal reasons. Later in 2007, his career virtually ended after he was signed up to the Indian Cricket League (ISL).
Streak entered coaching after playing. Worked in teams like Zimbabwe, Scotland, Gujarat Titans, Kolkata Knight Riders. In May 2014, he was appointed as the bowling coach of the Bangladesh national team. He held this duty till 2016. In 2021, the ICC banned him for 8 years for match-fixing. The Zimbabwean legend left with the weight of that accusation.