Heath Streak feels hard done by

HARARE - Heath Streak has expressed dismay over his treatment at the hands of Zimbabwe Cricket after his contract was not renewed beyond March.

Streak’s contract expired at the same time as former head’s coach Alan Butcher’s deal.

Prior to the expiry, Streak engaged ZC on a possible contract renewal, but the former Zimbabwe captain claims ZC was non-committal.

“I’m not with the team, my contract with ZC expired at the end of March,” Streak told the Daily News yesterday.

“I gave them time since January to tell me what was going to happen after my contract expired, but didn’t get a straight answer.

“It was in March that they told me they no longer required my services but would only hire me as a consultant if they have money.”

Streak, who was appointed national team bowling coach in 2009, says he has made a positive impact during his four years with the team.

“The worrying thing is that I have served ZC for 20 years having started off as a player in 1993 and it’s quite disappointing things have suddenly come to an end this way.

“To be honest, I think I have done a pretty good job and feel disappointed having to be thrown out like this. I believe the new structure that’s there is stronger in the batting and fielding but there is nobody really who is predominantly an expert in the bowling department.”

The Matabeleland Tuskers coach admits he was concerned about the future.

“I just want to be a part of cricket in Zimbabwe, that’s what I’m passionate about and the reason why I came back home,” he added.

“In the meantime I have to put my CV up there and see what other work is available. It’s not my intention to leave, but I’ve got a family and I have to look at my finances to take me through the whole year.

“I was on a seven-month contract with Tuskers and my stay depends on the financial package they offer after getting their grant from ZC. The question is what will I be doing during the other five months? If someone comes with a 12-month contract offer it will be ridiculous for me to decline given my current situation.”

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