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Streak’s double celebration

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FORMER Zimbabwe national cricket team skipper Heath Streak celebrated the launch of his academy in Bulawayo on Sunday with another piece of good news he is now the new Bangladesh national team bowling coach.

FORMER Zimbabwe national cricket team skipper Heath Streak celebrated the launch of his academy in Bulawayo on Sunday with another piece of good news he is now the new Bangladesh national team bowling coach.

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The former Matabeleland Tuskers coach has penned a two-year deal.

Hearh-StreakStreak, who will be with Bangladesh during the ICC Cricket World Cup to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand in Feb-March 2015, yesterday said he was excited about the position, which he said would give him the good exposure to help him grow his academy.

“Yes, I have been appointed the Bangladesh bowling coach. It’s a two-year contract and it is very exciting. With the World Cup in February-March next year and World T20 tournament in 2016, the appointment will definitely help with the growth of the academy in terms of exposure. I will be able to get in touch with international sponsors,” Streak said.

He is due to leave for Dhaka next week where he will be working with the Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha and according to Cricinfo, he will also be a consultant for other clubs in the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

Hathurusingha, a former Sri Lankan cricketer was appointed Bangladesh coach earlier this month. Streak (40) was Zimbabwe’s bowling coach between 2009 and 2013 and played six Tests and 10 ODIs against Bangladesh.

He was born in Bulawayo and made his Test debut in Zimbabwe’s tour of Pakistan in 1993 to 1994.

Streak is the only Zimbabwean bowler to have taken over 100 Test wickets and one of only two Zimbabwean bowlers to have taken over 100 one-day international wickets (the other being Grant Flower). He retired from international cricket in October 2005.