Eight-year ban for Heath Streak after breaching anti-corruption code

File image: Heath Streak.

Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak has been banned for eight years, after being found guilty of breaching the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption code.

Streak was investigated for a long list of matches in 2017 and 2018. He worked with several domestic T20 teams in the Indian Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League and Afghanistan Premier League during this period.

He initially countered the allegations, but has since admitted guilt.

“Heath 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,” said ICC general manager of the integrity unit Alex Marshall.

“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.”

Streak played 65 Tests and 189 ODIs from 1993 to 2005. He has since had coaching roles with Somerset in English county cricket, the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, Matabeleland Tuskers in Zimbabwe domestic competition – and Bangladesh, Scotland and Zimbabwe on the international stage.

List of charges against Streak

  • “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.
  • “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.
  • 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.
  • “Failing to disclose to the anti-corruption unit 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.
  • “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.”