[GET] Ex-Zimbabwe captain Streak accepts ICC ban but denies fixing – Forum

Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak, who was given an eight-year ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for corruption, on Thursday apologised and took « full responsibility » for his actions, but said he was never involved in any attempts to fix matches.

The 47-year-old was banned earlier this month after admitting five breaches of the ICC’s anti-corruption code.

The charges included revealing inside information which could be used for betting purposes and failing to disclose a payment in bitcoin from a potential corrupter to anti-corruption officials.

The games in question included several international matches in 2018, as well as matches in Twenty20 leagues in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

« I apologise to my family, friends … my fellow Zimbabweans who have … shown me love and support during the numerous trials and tribulations we have faced, » Streak said in a statement quoted by The Telegraph.

Streak admitted to receiving bitcoin and other gifts from an individual who approached him in 2017 under the pretext of setting up a Twenty20 competition in Zimbabwe.

« At the onset I was engaged, and paid Bitcoin, to assist in buying and building teams … Much later on the only other thing I received was a bottle of whisky and my wife was gifted a phone, » he said.

« Several months down the line the ICC brought to my attention the fact that the individual with whom I had been dealing, and some of the information that I had shared … may have been used for online betting. »

Streak said he was never involved in fixing and hoped his story would serve as a lesson for others.

« I want to place on record that I was not involved in any match fixing, spot fixing or attempts to influence a game or share information from a changeroom during a match, » he said.

« I hope acknowledgement of my wrongdoing, wittingly or unwittingly, will set an example to current and future stakeholders. »

Streak played 65 tests and 189 one-day internationals for Zimbabwe between 1993-2005. Post-retirement, he also served as Bangladesh coach and was the bowling coach of twice IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders.

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[GET] Ex-Zimbabwe captain Streak accepts ICC ban but denies fixing – Forum
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