Former Zimbabwe all-rounder and cricket legend, Heath Streak, has been diagnosed with cancer and is currently receiving treatment in South Africa. The 49-year-old, who represented Zimbabwe in 65 Test matches and 189 ODIs, scoring 1990 and 2943 runs, respectively, is said to be in good spirits and is fighting the disease in a similar vein with which he faced his opponents during his playing days on the cricket field.

The news of Streak’s diagnosis comes after media reports claimed that the former skipper was on his deathbed. However, his family has since clarified that this is not the case, and they are requesting that the situation remains a private family matter.

Streak’s family has issued a statement thanking fans for their prayers and good wishes, and they are asking for understanding and respect for their privacy during this difficult time. The statement also reveals that Streak is receiving treatment under one of the most respected oncologists in South Africa.

Since retiring from playing cricket, Streak has gone on to coach many franchises all over the world, including the Kolkata Knight Riders, Gujarat Lions, Somerset, and the Bangladesh national team. He also worked as a consultant for the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association Academy.

Interestingly, Streak was involved in a fixing scandal in 2021, for which the ICC suspended him for eight years. He was said to have accepted payments from a potential corruptor, Indian businessman Deepak Agarwal. Streak later apologized, stating that he had never intended to corrupt the game.

Despite this setback, Streak’s contribution to cricket as a player and a coach is undeniable. The cricket community is rallying behind Streak, and fans from all over the world are sending messages of support and encouragement as he continues his battle against cancer.