Heath Streak banned for eight years for corruption

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Heath Streak banned
Source: Sky Sports

Heath Streak has been banned for a period of eight years after he was found guilty of corruption during his coaching career. The ICC said that this was when Heath Streak was the coach of the national side. He admitted to five breaches of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti-corruption code and agreed with the sanction.

“As a former captain and coach, he held a position of trust and owed a duty to uphold the integrity of the game,” Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager of Integrity Unit, said in the statement. “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 breach was in 2018 with the national team as well as with many other leagues in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The Indian Cricket Board chose not to respond at this time. The charges are mainly for revealing inside information that could be used for betting. Another charge behind Heath Streak banned was accepting crypto payment but not informing the authorities about it.

“The offences did not affect the outcomes of any relevant matches and Mr Streak has agreed to assist the ICC anti-corruption education programme,” Marshall said. “He has also expressed his remorse and contrition and entered this agreed sanction decision to avoid the need for a full disciplinary process.”

An anti-corruption tribunal shall not be needed as Streak has accepted the charges levied against him. Streak played 65 Tests and 189 one-day internationals for Zimbabwe between 1993 and 2005. Post-retirement, he also served as Bangladesh coach and was the bowling coach of two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders.

“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,” Marshall concluded.

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