Only A Miracle Can Save Him: Zimbabwe Cricket Icon Heath Streak On Death’s Door – Prayers Needed
Zimbabwe cricket legend Heath Streak is reportedly “extremely ill” and on his deathbed, with his family en route from the UK to South Africa to be with him in his final moments. Former education, sports, and culture minister David Coltart took to social media to call on the nation to pray for the cricketing icon.
Coltart, who is close to the Streak family, wrote on Twitter,
“This is a call to prayer warriors in #Zimbabwe and beyond. Heath Streak, one of the greatest cricketers our nation has ever produced, is extremely ill and needs our prayers. Please could we all be in prayer for him and his family.”
Respected sports journalist Mike Madoda also spoke on Heath Streak’s illness, saying that it appears that only a miracle would save him.
“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 🙏🏾”
Both Coltart and Madoda did not elaborate on what Heath Streak was suffering from.
Streak, who was the first Zimbabwean to reach 100 Test wickets and is regarded as one of the greatest cricketers his nation has ever produced, has had an eventful life on and off the pitch. Despite his success, he was banned by the International Cricket Council in 2021 after being found guilty of accepting payment in Bitcoin from a potential corruptor.
Streak’s remarkable cricketing career
Heath Streak is considered one of Zimbabwe’s all-time cricketing greats, with an outstanding international career. He played for Zimbabwe in 65 Test matches, 189 One Day Internationals, and 9 T20Is, taking a combined 455 wickets across all formats. He captained Zimbabwe in 21 Tests and 68 ODIs.
Born into a prominent farming family in 1974, Streak grew up at a cattle ranch in Turk Mine, near iNyathi, around 60km north-east of Bulawayo. Despite his success, his legacy has been marred by his ICC ban in 2021.
The Fall from grace
In his apology after his ban, Streak explained his relationship with Indian businessman Deepak Agarwal and admitted to five breaches of the ICC’s anti-corruption code, including accepting payment in Bitcoin. He claimed that he had no intention of corrupting the game but acknowledged that his actions were inexcusable.
The cricketing community has been shocked by the news of Streak’s illness, and social media is awash with messages of support and prayers for the Zimbabwean icon. As one of the greatest cricketers to come out of Zimbabwe, his loss would be deeply felt, and his contribution to the game should never be forgotten.