Former Zimbabwe skipper and IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders’ coach Heath Streak has been banned for 8 years by ICC over multiple charges of corruption. The legendary Zimbabwe cricketer was charged by International Cricket Council (ICC) for multiple breaches of ICC’s anti-corruption code. The charges are related to the incidents when he was donning the role of a coach during 2017 and 2018.
Heath Streak is a former Zimbabwe cricketer who played for the team as an all-rounder. The right-arm pacer Streak played for Zimbabwe from 1993 to 2005. During his 13 years long career, Streak played 65 Tests and 189 ODIs for Zimbabwe. He scored 1990 runs in his Test career and 2942 runs in his ODI career. In 65 Test matches, he scalped 216 wickets while in 189 ODIs, he picked 239 wickets.
Heath Streak Charged With Corruption Charges In IPL, APL And BPL
Heath Streak was under investigation for corruption in an extensive list of games during 2017 and 2018, when he played as a coach of many teams. The said games include international as well as domestic games. These also include T20 leagues such as the Indian Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League, and Afghanistan Premier League.
Heath Streak was bowling coach of Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2018. From 2016 to 2018, he was the coach of the Zimbabwe National team. He was appointed as the head coach and tasked to prepare Zimbabwe for the ICC ODI World Cup 2019. However, Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the World Cup in 2018, and Streak was forced to resign from his post.
The investigation was over the matter that as a coach Heath Streak was approached by a corruptor during those years and he felicitated them to meet with the people who were part of his teams. Streak had earlier denied the allegations but has now accepted them and acknowledged his guilt in the matter. As a result, he has been banned by ICC for any cricketing activities for 8 years. Below are the details of all the charges that ICC has put on Heath streak in the matter.
Article 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.
Article 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 purposes.
Article 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 into disrepute.
Article 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.
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.