May 9, 2021

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Heath Streak handed eight-year ICC ban for five Anti-Corruption code breaches, Zimbabwe cricket news

Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak has been slapped with an eight-year ban after admitting to five separate breaches of the ICC’s anti-corruption code.

After initially contesting the allegations, the 47-year-old, who played 65 Tests and 189 ODIs for Zimbabwe between 1993 and 2005, admitted to the charges and agreed to the ICC sanction in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing.

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Streak had been under investigation for his involvement as a coach in games played through 2016 and 2018.

The games include Zimbabwe’s international cricket fixtures from when he coached the side as well as coaching stints in Twenty20 leagues around the world including the IPL, BPL and Afghanistan Premier League.

According an ICC statement, Streak “disclosed inside information” from the 2018 Tri-Series involving Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the 2018 Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan series as well as the 2018 IPL and APL.

He also “facilitated or attempted to facilitate” the introduction of four separate players, including a national captain, to an individual who wanted to approach them for inside information for betting purposes.

Streak has also been charged with obstructing or delaying an investigation, including concealing, tampering with or destroying documentation or information relevant to the investigation.

“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,” ICC General Manager – Integrity Unit, Alex Marshall, said in the statement.

“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 will be free to resume his involvement in the game on 28 March 2029.

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