The fall-out between Heath Streak and Zimbabwe Cricket has been quite nasty. It is love lost totally.
The failure to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup saw Heath Streak being the scapegoat to try and remove all the blame from the Zimbabwe Cricket board. If there’s any. Because everyone was involved really.
And then came in the claims about racism. Zimbabwe Cricket chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani implied that some of Streak’s decisions were driven by racism.
“Streak was the coach and selector, he was entitled to change the team as he found fit but the question is: why did he change the team in the manner that he did?” Mukuhlani told Daily News. “The white players knew PJ Moor was going to play [against UAE] but none of the black players knew about it. Cephas Zhuwao was only informed [that he wouldn’t play] in the warm-up. Why didn’t Streak inform the entire team?”
According to Cricinfo, Streak vehemently dismissed those claims accusing the Zimbabwe Cricket chairman of “clutching at straws”. He also said that those close to him knew that “he was the least racist person ever”.
Streak also said that he found the whole thing “preposterous and laughable”. Even responding to their claims would lower his standards, he said.
“But I just want to make a few things notable. Our selection panel consisted of myself, Tatenda Taibu and Douglas Hondo. They are always consulted, and we always reached consensus on our teams.
“Graeme Cremer was not a selector, but he gave advice, and we also spoke to other guys outside, including the franchise coaches at times, to give us some of their thoughts. The allegations that during the WCQ, I dropped black players for white players is also ludicrous. When I dropped people like Kyle Jarvis for Tendai Chisoro nothing was said, but when I dropped Cephas Zhwao for PJ Moor, then I’m a racist.”
Heath Streak said that the way he was fired, together with the rest of the technical team was not right and ethical.
He added that certain members of the coaching staff, including himself and former batting coach Lance Klusener, had only been paid 40% of their salaries for February.
One only waits to see how this will all end.
Suggestions have been hovering around the idea of firing the whole board, but the extent to which that works is pretty much shrouded in uncertainty.