Zimbabwe head coach Heath Streak, who was sacked from his job after he failed to take his side to the 2019 World Cup, was accused with racist charges by Zimbabwe Cricket’s chairman few days ago.
Streak who is who’s currently in India with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) as part of the coaching staff, strongly denied the charges and asserted that his players were always part of his plans.
The chairman of Zimbabwe Cricket Tavengwa Mukuhlani had accused Streak of acting indifferently when it came to informing white players about selection and hiding certain selection aspects from the black players.
“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 said.
“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?” he added.
In reply, Streak was furious with the allegations that was charged against him and he finds this preposterous and laughable.
“I’ve been accused by the chairman of ZC of being a racist, I find this preposterous and laughable and even to respond to them for people who know me, is lowering my standards,” Streak said.
“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,” he further explained.
“Those who are around me and who know me and are most important to me as in the players can vouch for that. Why do all these people that the chairman claims are accusing me of racism, why do they not come out in public and say that themselves?” Streak concluded.
Saif Ahmed Chowdhury
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