Heath Streak banned for eight years for breaches of ICC anti-corruption code

By Joe Wright 14 April 2021 4
Heath Streak banned for eight years for breaches of ICC anti-corruption code

Former Zimbabwe captain and coach Heath Streak has been banned for eight years for breaching the ICC's anti-corruption code.

The former fast bowler accepted five charges from 2016 to 2018 relating to games including internationals and domestic Twenty20 competitions.

Streak admitted the charges and agreed the sanction with the ICC in lieu of a tribunal hearing, and will be free to resume his involvement in cricket on March 28, 2029.

Alex Marshall, the general manager of the ICC's integrity unit, said: "Heath Streak is an experienced former international cricketer and national team coach, who had participated in numerous anti-corruption education sessions and was fully aware of his responsibilities 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.

"The offences did not affect the outcomes of any relevant matches and Mr Streak has agreed to assist the ICC anti-corruption education programme for which we are grateful. He has also expressed his remorse and contrition and entered this agreed sanction decision to avoid the need for a full disciplinary process. The sanction reflects this cooperation."

Streak, 47, won 65 Test caps for Zimbabwe between December 1993 and September 2005 and appeared in 189 one-day internationals.

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