Former Zimbabwe captain and fast bowler Heath Streak is fighting against cancer and is on his deathbed. Streak was arguably one of the greatest cricketers from African players in history and was fiercest pacers of his era. Regarding the issue, Zimbabwe Cricket has made calls and wants the sporting community to pray for Heath Streak’s health.
Streak has played 65 Tests and 189 ODIs, is believed to be recuperating in Johannesburg and his family reportedly is taking him to London for further treatment. The 49-year-old was the first Zimbabwean cricketer to reach 100 wickets. However, after retirement, Heath Streak was reprimanded by the anti-corruption authorities and was banned by the ICC for eight years in 2021.
Zimbabwe’s Sports Minister Mike Madoda took to Twitter and addressed this difficult news and shared that only a miracle will save Heath Streak’s life. Madoda’s tweet said, "Heath Streak is on his last legs. Family en route to South Africa from the UK. Seems only a miracle will save him now. Prayers up (sic)."
Streak’s family requested privacy and stated that Heath is trying to fight the disease like he took on the opposition. The statement said, "Heath has cancer and is undergoing treatment under one of the most respected Oncologists in South Africa. He remains in good spirits and will continue to fight this disease in a similar vein to that which his opponents faced during his revered days on the cricket field. The family hopes that you understand and respect their wish for this to remain a private family matter, and thank you for your prayers and good wishes.”
One of Streak's friends and the President & board chairman of the Academy Of Cricket Excellence, Joseph Rego has been a spokesperson on behalf of Streak's family, stated that no new statement will be made by the family at this time. He said, "There will be no further official statements regarding his health at this time. Any news that becomes public should be regarded as a rumour.”