'People Should be Careful, I'm Recovering from Cancer': Heath Streak Reacts After Rumours of His Death Go Viral
Heath Streak, an iconic figure from Zimbabwe, says he's good and getting better from cancer. This puts an end to rumours about his death that started spreading on social media and other places on Wednesday morning.
Zimbabwe captain Sean Williams and star fast bowler Henry Olonga wrote tributes on X, which used to be called Twitter, saying that Streak had died. Soon, the news spread like wildfire, and many cricketers, both current and past, sent their condolences.
But Streak's daughter denied the rumours, saying that her father is still alive, and Olonga also cleared things up and said sorry.
Streak, who is 49 years old, is upset about what happened and has asked people to be careful about "spreading such rumours."
"People should think twice before sharing rumours like this. "I feel better now and am getting better from cancer," Streak told Sportstar.
Streak has Stage 4 colon and liver cancer, but he says he's feeling better now.
"I am at home, but the treatment is still putting some stress on me. But other than that, I'm fine. Someone shared it on social media, and all of a sudden I hear that people are talking about my death. But that wasn't entirely true. "I'm getting better and getting better…," he said.
Many people think that Streak is one of the best cricket players from Zimbabwe. He played 65 Tests and 189 ODIs during his international career.
He has taken 216 wickets in Test cricket, making him their all-time leader. He is also the only Zimbabwean to take 100 wickets in this format. He got 239 wickets in one-day internationals, which is also the most of any player from his country.
Streak got 1990 runs with his bat in Tests and 2943 runs in ODIs. During his time with Zimbabwe, he had one hundred and 24 half-hundreds.
After he retired, Streak worked as a coach for Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Gujarat Lions. After breaking the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, he was banned from all cricket for eight years in 2021.
Streak admitted to five charges, but he denied that he had ever fixed a game.