Heath Streak distress after his unexpected sacking as Zimbabwe coach

Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the 2019 World Cup after a three-run loss to UAE in the World Cup qualifiers

Heath Streak | AFP

Heath Streak has been taken aback by the ill-treatment of Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) on its coaches after the team’s failure in the recently concluded ICC World Cup Qualifiers.

Streak, who is widely praised for improving the results of the side during his 18 months tenure, was sacked along with his technical team earlier this week. Moreover, skipper Graeme Cremer has also reportedly been axed.

"It is with great regret and shock that I was told by ZC that myself and my coaching team must resign by 3pm yesterday (Friday), failing which we would be fired," Streak said according to Reuters.

"I chose not to resign as I believe this to be degrading to our national players and my technical team. As a result, we have been dismissed with immediate effect," he added.

Amidst the financial stability, Zimbabwe Cricket had a clear-out of all backroom staff, including batting coach Lance Klusener, Zimbabwe A coach Wayne James and Under-19 coach Stephen Mangongo. Furthermore, the chairman of selectors Tatenda Taibu has also been dismissed.

"Thank you to my staff who worked tirelessly, often going for months unpaid and having had two pay-cuts during their tenure, but still had that unwavering professional commitment," Streak said.

"To Graeme and all the players, thank you for your patriotism and commitment to our Chevrons team. I wish you all the very best for the future. I am deeply saddened that my journey with you ends here. Hopefully our paths will meet again in future ..." he elaborated.

The highlight of Streak's tenure as Zimbabwe coach will certainly be a 3-2 One-Day International series win in Sri Lanka last year. He coached his country in 32 ODIs, producing 12 12 wins and 17 defeats.


By Salman Anjum - 01 Apr, 2018

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