Taylor failed nation, the sport: Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC)

By Justin Mahlahla

ZIMBABWE Cricket (ZC) have expressed disappointment at former captain Brenda Taylor’s conduct and said they respected the International Cricket Council (ICC) decision to ban the player for three-and-a-half years.

“Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) notes and respects the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s decision to ban former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor from all cricket activities for three-and-a-half years after he accepted charges of breaching the ICC anti-corruption and anti-doping codes,” Zimbabwe Cricket said in a statement on their website.

“As an organisation, we are extremely disappointed to see the damage caused by the actions of an undoubtedly talented player widely regarded as one of the best cricketers to emerge from our country,” they said, adding “Players are role models and as such have a responsibility to behave in an appropriate way.”

“Unfortunately, Taylor, who owned up to receiving bribes to fix matches as well as taking cocaine, has failed the sport, his nation and all the people, including impressionable children, who trusted and idolised him.”

Zimbabwe Cricket added: “We are now left to count the costs of his deceit and greed: the credibility of our game has been seriously undermined, while our image as an organisation and as a country has been tainted. The modus operandi seems to suggest a well-orchestrated agenda to sabotage ZC, our game and what we stand for. We believe situations such as this demonstrate the urgent need for our country to make sporting fraud a criminal offence. Indeed, the need to have a legal instrument to punish match-fixers has become more urgent.”

They said it was their view that harsh sanctions, including custodial sentences, will go a long way in helping cricket to curb one of the biggest threats to its credibility.

“Corruption has no place in cricket and those who engage in it deserve to be put out of the game and prosecuted to the full extent of a law specifically enacted to deal with match-fixing and related crimes.

“On our part, we will, together with the ICC, continue working hard to ensure all players and everyone else involved in cricket receive relevant information and important guidance regarding appropriate standards of conduct.”

Brendan was slapped with a three-and-a-half-year ban following investigations into match-fixing and doping. The player has since admitted to the charges.