Heath Streak, Zimbabwean cricketer, Died at 49


Heath Hilton Streak (16 March 1974 – 3 September 2023) was a distinguished Zimbabwean cricketer and coach, leaving an enduring mark in the cricketing world. Born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), he became a cricketing legend both as a player and a mentor.

In his cricketing career, Streak achieved remarkable milestones. He held the record for being the all-time leading wicket-taker for Zimbabwe in both Test and One Day International (ODI) cricket, with 216 and 239 wickets, respectively. Notably, he was the sole Zimbabwean cricketer to amass over 100 Test wickets and achieve the 2000 runs and 200 wickets double in ODIs. Streak also boasted the highest number of five-wicket hauls by a Zimbabwean in Tests, with an impressive seven to his name.

Heath Streak made significant contributions during the ‘golden era’ of Zimbabwean cricket from 1997 to 2002, showcasing exceptional talent and sportsmanship. After retiring from playing, he transitioned into coaching, advocating for the growth of Zimbabwean cricket despite facing challenges within the cricketing administration.

Born into a family deeply involved in ranching in Bulawayo, Streak’s passion for cricket stemmed from his upbringing. His father, Denis Streak, was a first-class cricketer. Heath received his education at Rhodes Estate Preparatory School and Falcon College.

In May 2023, news emerged about Streak’s critical health condition, battling Stage 4 colon and liver cancer. Unfortunately, on 3 September 2023, at the age of 49, Heath Streak passed away at his farm in Matabeleland, leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire cricket enthusiasts and future generations.