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Khushi Vats, Pune

Henry Olonga, a former Zimbabwe Cricketer, has silenced the rumours about the death of fellow cricketer Heath Streak on Aug. 23. 

“I can confirm about the rumours of the death of Heath Streak that they have been greatly exaggerated. I just talked to him. The third umpire has called him back. He is very much alive folks.” he tweeted.

Olonga contradicted his own tweet posted earlier, now deleted. “Sad news coming through that Heath Streak has crossed to the other side. RIP Zimbabwe cricket legend,” Olonga tweeted on X. These conflicting tweets by Olonga caused distress among cricket enthusiasts and Streak’s fans worldwide. The cloud of false information was bursted only after Olonga’s second tweet.

Heath Streak has appeared in 65 test series and 189 ODIs. He also possesses a rich repository of 4933 runs and 455 wickets across different formats.

Heath was undergoing cancer treatment some time ago. Heath’s family confirmed his ongoing recovery from the illness. 

Heath Streak is a record-making cricketer. He is the first player from Zimbabwe to score 1000 runs and take 100 wickets in tests. He is also the first cricketer to have registered 2,000 runs and 2,000 wickets in ODIs.

He has also managed the Bangladesh cricket team. He was a bowling coach for the team and then later became a head coach. However, he was banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) from getting involved in all cricket-related activities due to his alleged unethical behavior.

After a long fight with colon cancer, the rumours of his passing away at the young age of 49 took off.