Heath Hilton Streak is a former cricket player and coach of the Zimbabwe Cricket National Team.He was dismissed as the coach of the national team in 2018 but challenged the legality of the dismissal. [1]

Heath Hilton Streak
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Born Heath Hilton Streak
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Nationality Zimbabwean
Other names Streaky, Stack
Education Falcon College
Occupation Criket Coach
Known for The first Zimbabwean cricketer to reach 100 test wickets
Parent(s) Denis Streak


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Background

Heath Streak was born March 16, 1974, in Bulawayo and attended Falcon College. He started his career with the Zimbabwe National Cricket team and was its captain. He made history by becoming the first Zimbabwean cricketer to reach 100 test wickets.[2] He is also the son of legendary cricketer Denis Streak.[3]

Career

Streak started off his career when Zimbabwe made a tour of Pakistan in 1993/1994. He won the Man of the series award in that series when he took 22 wickets at an average of 13.54. In 1995/1996 Streak played in the same team as his father the Matabeleland team in the final of the Lonrho Logan Cup against Mashonaland Country Districts. In 2000/2001, Heath won 2 man of the series awards, in Zimbabwe's tour of England and then in Bangladesh's tour of Zimbabwe.

Apart from playing for the Zimbabwe National cricket team, Streak also played for various cricket clubs in Zimbabwe and International teams which include Ahmedabad Rockets, Hampshire, Matabeleland, Warwickshire. Heath was also part of a select side comprised made up of other cricketers from the African continent. Read More Streak resigned from playing international cricket in October 2005.

Coaching Career

He was the Zimbabwe cricket team bowling coach between 2009 and 2013. He was in charge of the Bulawayo-based franchise Matabeleland Tuskers in the 2012-13 season, and in May 2014 Streak was appointed the bowling coach of the Bangladesh Cricket side on a two-year contract. .[4] He coached for Bangladesh from 2014 to 2016. In 2016 he was hired as the Head Coach of the Zimbabwe Cricket team. It was reported that he was tasked with ensuring Zimbabwe qualify for the 2019 World Cup and he will be allowed to continue in his role as bowling coach for the Gujarat Lions in the IPL. [5]

Dismisal

In March 2018, Heath Streak was reportedly dismissed as the Head Coach of Zimbabwe Cricket Team. This followed after the National Team did not qualify for 2019 World Cup. Streak believes he did not deserve to be fired because he won Zimbabwe’s first One Day International away series victory when they defeated Sri Lanka last year. Said Streak:

We were not given any explanation, never got any chance to explain ourselves. All we got was an e-mail from the Managing Director. I was told to communicate with the other members of the technical team that we should resign by 3pm on Friday or we would be fired. None of the guys resigned, so we have been summarily dismissed. My staff and I didn’t deserve to be sacked, we won first series in 17 years, we never had such crowds that we saw during the Qualifier even during my playing days. If we had failed to make the Super Six of the Qualifier then we deserved to be fired.

Test career

Matches: 65.

One Day International Career

Matches: 189

First Class Career

List A Career

T20 Career

Philanthropy Work

Streak opened a sports club in his hometown of Bulawayo and he named after himself. The club was reportedly not only equipped for cricket but other sporting disciplines such as swimming, hockey, five-a-side soccer and a state of the art gymnasium.[7]

References

  1. , [1], Heath Streak Challenges Legality Of Dismissal, Published: 6 April 2018, Retrieved: 6 April 2018
  2. Geoffrey Dean, Heath Streak, Cricinfo, Published: August 2009, Retrieved: November 19, 2014
  3. Heath Streak, Zimbabwean cricket player, is born in Bulawayo, South Africa History Online, Retrieved: November 19, 2014
  4. Bangladesh Appoint Former Zimbabwe Skipper Heath Streak as Bowling Coach, Published: May 26, 2014, Retrieved: November 19, 2014
  5. Streak appointed Zimbabwe head coach, Espn, Published: 11 October 2016 , Retrieved: 3 April 2018
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Heath Streak, CricketersHistory, Published; November 2008, Retrieved: November 19, 2014
  7. Sheila Tsengwa, Heath Streak sports academy officially opened in Bulawayo, BulawayoNEWS 24, Published: May 27, 2014, Retrieved: November 11, 2014