Rediff.com  » Cricket » Former Zimbabwe captain Streak gets 8-year ban for corruption

Former Zimbabwe captain Streak gets 8-year ban for corruption

Last updated on: April 15, 2021 01:09 IST
Get Rediff News in your Inbox:

Streak gave inside info to suspected bookie during IPL coaching stint.

 Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak breached the ICC Code of Conduct at games including international cricket as well as matches in Twenty20 leagues in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

IMAGE: Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak breached the ICC Code of Conduct at games including international cricket as well as matches in Twenty20 leagues in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak was on Wednesday banned for eight years from all cricket after he accepted five charges of breaching the ICC anti-corruption code, including disclosing inside information to a suspected Indian bookie during his stint as IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders' bowling coach in 2018.

He served as the bowling coach of IPL franchise of Kolkata Knight Riders in 2018.

"...he disclosed inside information in relation to matches in the 2018 Tri-Series involving Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan series in 2018, the IPL 2018 and the APL 2018," a statement from the ICC read.

 

However, the world body made it clear that his "offences did not affect the outcomes of any relevant matches."

One of Zimbabwe's finest fast bowlers, 47-year-old Streak was under investigation for a host of games between 2017 and 2018 when he served as a coach.

"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," Alex Marshall, ICC general manager of integrity unit, said.

"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."

Among others, the charges included (2.3.2) "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."

The matches include some in international cricket as well as for stints in Twenty20 leagues including the IPL, the BPL and Afghanistan Premier League.

The Indian bookie, identified merely as Mr X, made corrupt approaches to Streak during the entire time and even gifted him two bitcoins (valued at $US 35,000 each) and an iPhone, which he failed to report.

"...he failed to report the various approaches he received from Mr X to engage in Corrupt Conduct," the ICC stated.

The bookie sought "inside information" and also wanted to be introduced to "participants" to enable more access to information "including in relation to international matches, matches in the 2017 BPL, the 2018 Pakistan Super League, the 2018 IPL and the 2018 APL."

Under the provisions of the code, Streak chose to admit the charges and agreed the sanction with the ICC in lieu of an anti-corruption tribunal hearing. He will be free to resume his involvement in the game on March 28, 2029.

Marshall further stated, "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, Zimbabwe's highest wicket-taker in Tests and ODIs, was the coach of the national team until early 2018, when he resigned after failing to help the team qualify for the 2019 ODI World Cup.

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani says the eight-year ban handed to former national team all-rounder and coach Heath Streak for corruption is the sport's darkest day in the country.

"This is a very sad and shameful episode that might well go down in history as the darkest day in Zimbabwean cricket," Mukuhlani said in a statement.

"Streak was a powerful figure adored by many and held up as an idol for future generations of cricketers. But, as we and the rest of the world now know, Streak was also a corrupt, greedy and selfish character, who regrettably abused his status and position in pursuit of dirty benefits."

Mukuhlani endorsed the punishment and said it would "help to reinforce the measures that the ICC and ZC have been taking to root out any wrongdoing in cricket.

"We will continue to work actively within our structures and with the ICC to combat criminality in all of its forms and to ensure that cricket remains clean locally and globally."

The five charges are as follows:

Article 2.3.2: 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.

Article 2.3.3: 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.

Article 2.4.2: 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.

Article 2.4.4: Failing to disclose to the ACU 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.

Article 2.4.7: 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.

Get Rediff News in your Inbox:
AGENCIES

https://www.rediff.com/cricket/ipl-2021