Heath Streak’s family confirm cricket icon has died after long cancer battle

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    Heath Streak's family have confirmed the cricket icon has passed away at the age of 49, days after he was forced to deny his passing.

    Rumours circulated on social media last month that Streak had died, though he reassured fans he was “alive and well”.

    But the former fast bowler, who retired from playing in 2005, has now succumbed following a fierce battle with colon and liver cancer.

    His wife Nadine said on Facebook: "In the early hours of this morning, Sunday the 3rd of September 2023, the greatest love of my life and the father of my beautiful children, was carried to be with the Angels from his home where he wished to spend his last days surrounded by his family and closest loved ones."

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    Streak captained Zimbabwe between 2000 and 2004, and played 65 Tests during his career. He also featured in 189 ODIs for the African nation.

    Zimbabwe's Cricket Team posted: "Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends, and fans of former Captain Heath Streak.

    "His contributions to cricket will always be remembered, and he will be dearly missed. Rest in peace."

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    Streak went on to become Zimbabwe’s head coach in 2016 before resigning in 2018 and stepping back from the limelight.

    His legacy in the sport was tarnished after he accepted five charges in 2021 in relation to his coaching career for breaches of the ICC’s anti-corruption code – receiving an eight-year ban from the sport.

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