Former Zimbabwean cricketer Heath Streak feels ‘upset’ over death rumour

Former Zimbabwean cricket captain Heath Streak on Wednesday rubbished rumours of his death and said he is 'alive'.

Heath Streak played 65 Tests and 189 ODIs for Zimbabwe. Photo Courtesy: Heath Streak X page

Streak was one of the bright spots in Zimbabwean cricket during an era when the African country shined and competed against top teams in the world.

The all-rounder said he was upset about the development.

"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."

Demanding an apology from the source which circulated the rumour, Streak said he was 'hurt' by the news.

The source of the news is not known so far but the hoax started to circulate after several Zimbabwean cricketers posted on social media that the former captain had died.

Cricketer Sean Williams wrote on X: "Streaky No words can explain what you and your family have done for mine and many others. Our hearts our broken you leave behind a beautiful family and a legacy for us to live up to! You will be missed we love you dearly Rest in peace streaky."

His former teammate Henry Olonga initially posted on X a message mourning the death of Streak.

However, he later confirmed that Streak was alive and wrote again on the micro-blogging site: "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."

In his career, Streak played 65 Tests and 189 ODIs, accumulating 4933 runs and collecting 455 wickets across all forms.