Heath Streak and the entire coaching staff of the Zimbabwe national cricket team have been fired after the team failed to qualify for the 2019 Cricket World Cup to be held England and Wales. Streak and his staff were given an ultimatum to resign by 3 pm on Friday or to face the sack. However, Streak refused to cave in and said that he would not resign. He has since confirmed that he has been fired. Writting on microblogging site, Twitter, Streak said,
It is with great regret and shock that I was told by ZC that myself and my Coaching team must resign by 3 pm yesterday, failing which we would be fired. I chose NOT to resign as I believe this to be degrading to our National Players and my technical team. As a result, we have been dismissed with immediate effect.
Firstly, I want to thank the Zimbabwean fans, friends and family, who supported us so passionately during the CWC Qualifiers. I have never seen such support even when I played for Zimbabwe…it was truly inspirational and drove us to dig deep and give our all.
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thank you to my staff who worked tirelessly, often going for months unpaid and having had 2 pay cuts during their tenure, but still had that unwavering professional commitment. It has been a privileged gentleman!
To Graeme and all the Players, thank you for your patriotism and commitment to our Chevrons team. I wish you all the very best for the future. I am deeply saddened that my journey with you ends here. Hopefully, our paths will meet again in future… #ProudlyZimbo
The other people who were fired together with streak include:
- Steve Mangongo
- Douglas Hondo
- Tatenda Taibu
- Graeme Cremer (as captain)
- Lovemore Banda
- Stanley Chioza
- Walter Chawaguta
- Anesu Mupotaringa
- Lance Klusener