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Streak suffers more misery – NewsDay Zimbabwe

BY FORTUNE MBELE

THE Heath Streak Academy has dropped the former Zimbabwe Cricket captain’s name and will now be called the Zimbabwe Youth Cricket Academy following his eight-year ban for corrupt activities by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Streak, who has been the academy’s founder and president, has resigned from the project after his breach of the ICC codes.

Shamed Streak received an eight-year ban from the ICC this week after admitting to five counts of corruption.

The Heath Streak Academy has cut the former Zimbabwe captain loose,  probably for fear of losing funding.

Incoming president, former chief executive officer Joseph Rego yesterday confirmed Streak’s resignation from the academy.

The board of trustees of the academy met yesterday and resolved to change the name of the academy.

“The board formally ratified the resignation of Streak from all academy-related operations and the trust. The board also accepted the request made by Streak that the name of the trust and the academy be changed. The board has resolved that the academy shall henceforth be known as the Zimbabwe Youth Cricket Academy,” Rego said.

He said he appreciated the honesty and transparency exhibited by Streak following the ICC decision.

Former board chairman Elifasi Mashaba is now vice-chairman.

Streak will continue  to count his losses following his participation in corrupt activities between 2017 and 2018.

The ICC has been carrying out investigations for over a year until the conclusion of the matter this week.

Over the last year or so, Streak had kept a low profile after losing all his jobs abroad.

The government of Zimbabwe is contemplating pressing criminal charges against the former fast bowler and it could yet get worse for him.

The charges

  • 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 vs Afghanistan series in 2018, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 and the Afghanistan Premier League (APL) 2018.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2.4.4 — failing to disclose to the Anti-Corruption Unit 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 Bangladesh Premier League, the 2018 Pakistan Super League, the 2018 IPL and the 2018 APL.
  • 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.
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