Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak banned for corruption

By: News Desk      Published: 04:15 PM, 14 Apr, 2021
Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak banned for corruption

Former Zimbabwe cricket captain Heath Streak was Wednesday banned for eight years on corruption charges, the International Cricket Council announced.

"Mr Streak chose to admit the charges and agreed the sanction with the ICC in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing," an ICC statement said.

The Zimbabwe coach from 2016 to 2018, his ban extends until March 2029. Streak, 47, was found guilty of breaching five rules of the ICC's Anti-Corruption Code related to betting.

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, the statement revealed.

He also "facilitated or attempted to facilitate" the introduction of four players including a national captain to a third party for inside information for betting purposes.

He was also found guilty of obstructing the ICC's investigation, and failing to declare a "gift, payment, hospitality or other benefit" from passing on inside information.

Under the provisions of the Code, Streak chose to admit the charges and agreed the sanction with the ICC in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing. He will be free to resume his involvement in the game on 28 March 2029.

Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager – 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.”

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