By Zwe Sibanda
Former Zimbabwe Senior National Cricket Team Captain, Heath Streak has been handed an eight-year ban from all involvement in the game by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after he accepted five charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.
In a statement released by the ICC on Wednesday, the 47-year old Streak was charged as a participant under the code by virtue of his status as the coach of Zimbabwe from 2016 to 2018 and as the coach of various domestic teams.
The charges are as follows:
1. 2.3.2 – disclosing inside information under both the ICC Code and various domestic Codes, in
circumstances where he knew or should have known that such information may be used for
betting purposes. In particular, he disclosed inside information in relation to matches in the 2018
Tri-Series involving Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the Zimbabwe v Afghanistan series
in 2018, the IPL 2018 and the APL 2018.
2. 2.3.3 – directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally
facilitating any participant to breach the Code. In particular, he facilitated or attempted to facilitate
the introduction of four different players, including a national captain, to someone he knew, or
should have known, may have wanted to approach them to provide inside information for betting
3. 2.4.2 – Failing to disclose the receipt of any gift, payment, hospitality or other benefit that the
participant knew or should have known was given to them to procure a breach of the Code or
that was made or given in circumstances that could bring the participant or the sport of cricket
4. 2.4.4 – Failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations received to
engage in corrupt conduct under the Code including in relation to international matches, matches
in the 2017 BPL, the 2018 Pakistan Super League, the 2018 IPL and the 2018 APL.
5. Article 2.4.7 – obstructing or delaying an investigation, including concealing, tampering with or
destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation and
/ or that may be evidence of or may lead to the discovery of evidence of corrupt conduct under
the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.
Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager – Integrity Unit, commenting on the matter 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.”
He will be free to resume his involvement in the game on 28 March 2029. Streak has also expressed his remorse and contrition and entered this agreed sanction decision to avoid the need for a full disciplinary process, with the sanction reflective of his cooperation.