Heath Streak protests against his sacking as Zimbabwe Coach
Former Zimbabwe coach Heath Streak is now looking to challenge the cricket board’s decision which has sacked him informally.
According to reports, Streak was intimated about his termination post-Zimbabwe’s loss in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers via Whatsapp message.
Apart from Streak, batting coach Lance Klusener and trainer Sean Bell are also seeking legal advice. They have been subsequently axed from the respective posts.
The three members of the coaching staff have resorted to assistance from lawyer Gerald Nqobile Mlotshwa, who claims Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC)’s decision is of ‘no force and effect’.
Also, that the three legally remain employees of the local cricket governing body.
“Leaving aside the distressing informality of the correspondence, above and the inference to be drawn therefrom with regards the manner in which Zimbabwean Cricket is being administered from a national level,” wrote Mlotshwa according to The Independent.
The legality of Zimbabwe Cricket’s actions are beyond blatant: Mlotshwa
“It is beyond logical dispute, you will no doubt agree, that the purported ‘dismissals’ or any attempt at the corrective action taken thereafter, in the form of ‘official communication’ is of no force and effect whatsoever,” Mlotshwa continues.
Heath Streak was relieved of his duties with seven months pending on his contract. Streak failed to take his team past the qualifiers, into the 2019 World Cup slated to be held in England.
“The legality of Zimbabwe Cricket’s actions are beyond blatant. For the avoidance of doubt, our clients remain, employees of ZC, on fixed-term contracts until their agreements are terminated in terms of the labour laws of Zimbabwe,” penned down the trio’s legal representative.
ZC now has time until Friday to respond to the coaching staff trio. Failure of response should commence the legal proceedings.
“It is also open to the parties to agree on mutual consent on termination of the same, or for ZC to simply wait for the said fixed contracts to run their term,” slammed the Zimbabwean lawyer.
“Either way and in the absence of properly instituted and constituted disciplinary action in respect of each of our clients, simple and inexpensive legal advice, again obtained on your part will confirm that Zimbabwe Cricket is certainly obliged to meet all amounts due and payable to our clients in terms of their employment contracts,” concluded the advocate.
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