Heath Streak squashes rumours of his demise

Zimbabwe great Heath Streak confirmed he’s well and alive after rumours of his death spread across the social media.

Former Zimbabwe cricketer Heath Streak has squashed the rumours of his death that made rounds on Wednesday, August 23. Streak confirmed that he’s alive and added that he was hurt by the unverified rumours. 

It all started when the former Zimbabwe pacer Henry Olonga first posted the news of Streak’s death. The news spread across social media like wildfire, with fans and fellow cricketers expressing their goodbyes while some doubted the authenticity of the news. A few hours later, Olongo retracted his story and confirmed that Streak is still alive.

“I can confirm that rumours of the demise of Heath Streak have been greatly exaggerated. I just heard from him. The third umpire has called him back. He is very much alive folks,” Olonga wrote in his tweet, hours after he himself announced Streak’s demise.

Alongside this message, Olonga also posted a screenshot of his conversation with Streak on WhatsApp, in which Streak seemed shocked with the false reports. 

Streak spoke to Mid-Day following the rumours, confirming his well-being and expressing his frustration at false news. Streak was disappointed with the sources spreading false information without verifying and demanded an apology. 

“It is a total rumour and a lie. I’m alive and well. I am very upset to learn that something as big as someone apparently passing can be spread unverified, especially in our day and age of social media. I believe the source should apologise. I am hurt by the news,” Streak was quoted as saying by Mid-Day.

Streak’s family had previously revealed that the former cricketer was suffering from an illness and being treated by professionals from South Africa. This whole affair has put him and his family through more trouble.

Heath Streak is amongst the greatest players Zimbabwe has ever produced. He had a stellar career for his country, playing 65 Tests and 189 ODIs. The all-rounder racked up 4933 runs and claimed 455 wickets across formats in his playing career.

Streak has a record to his name, being the first Zimbabwean cricketer to score 1000 runs and pick 100 wickets in Tests, as well as reaching 2000 runs and 200 wickets in ODI cricket.

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