Heath Streak handed eight-year ban for breaching ICC anti-corruption code

Heath Streak handed eight-year ban for breaching ICC anti-corruption code

Heath Streak, the former Zimbabwe Test captain, has been banned from cricket for eight years after passing on betting information and introducing four players to a would-be corruptor in exchange for gifts that included US$35,000 in bitcoin.

The 47-year-old, who won 254 international caps and played county cricket for Warwickshire and Hampshire, accepted five charges under the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption code for offences that took place in 2017 and 2018.

It follows an investigation into Streak’s work as a coach of both Zimbabwe and in various Twenty20 tournaments around the world, during which time he was in regular contact with an unnamed Indian man who has been labelled “Mr X”.

After being initially approached about setting up a new league in his home country, Streak was found to have then shared inside information with Mr X before matches in international cricket, the Bangladesh Premier League, the Indian Premier League and the Afghanistan Premier League.

Streak also passed on the contact details of four players, including one national team captain, and in the case of two also vouched for Mr X. He was found to have received a bitcoin payment and an iPhone for his wife in exchange for his assistance, both of which were not disclosed to anti-corruption officials at the time.

The ICC has said Streak also disrupted the investigation by exchanging – and then deleting – a string of WhatsApp messages with Mr X ahead of his interview, before eventually accepting the sanctions under which he is now banned from cricket until 2029.

“As a former captain and coach, [Streak] held a position of trust and owed a duty to uphold the integrity of the game,” Alex Marshall, general manager of the ICC’s integrity unit, said in a statement.

“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.

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“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 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.”

Streak played 65 Tests and 189 one-day internationals for Zimbabwe between 1993 and 2005.