Brendan Taylor says he is facing a multi-year ban for using drugs and taking bribes for match fixing.
Former Zimbabwe cricket captain Brendan Taylor revealed in a tweet Monday that he had taken cocaine and $15,000 in bribes from an Indian businessman to repair matches.
The ICC (International Cricket Council) is making the decision to impose a multi-year ban on my international cricket career, the national powerhouse tweeted, adding that it has not fixed any matches.
The 35-year-old batsman said in October 2019 that he had been invited by an Indian businessman to discuss sponsorship and the possible launch of a T20 competition in Zimbabwe and was told I would be paid $15,000 for the trip.
The invitation came after the team had not received a salary for six months and there were concerns that the country would not be able to continue playing internationally.
He said he was a little wary, but made the trip anyway.
During a drink on the last night, he was offered cocaine which the businessman and his colleagues took and said he was foolish to take the bait.
The next morning, the same men came into my hotel room and showed me a video that was made of me the night before using cocaine and told me that if I didn’t see a fix on international matches for them, the video would go to public released, he said.
He said he was cornered and made a $15,000 deposit to fix matches. He took the money to fly away.
It took him four months to report the crime to the ICC.
I admit this was too long a time, but I thought I could protect everyone, especially my family, he said.
He said he was ready and will humbly accept the ICC’s decision in the hope that my story will be used as an encouragement for cricketers to report unauthorized approaches as early as possible.
But he stressed that he never repaired matches.
Drugs and Narcotics
Taylor, who resigned as Zimbabwe’s captain late last year, also said he would go to a rehabilitation center on Tuesday to get clean and get my life back on track.
I owe it to myself and my family to get clean and put them first, he said. I’ve let a substance take control of me and affect my vision, my morals and my values and it’s time for me to prioritize what really matters.
He said he had also taken drugs to treat mental health problems and that he had been going through hell for years because of his drug and narcotic problems.
Taylor made 34 Tests, 205 one-day internationals and 45 T20 games for Zimbabwe over a 17-year career from 2004-2021, although in 2015 he took a three-year sabbatical from internationals to play county cricket in England. He was captain from 2011 until his departure to England.
Taylor is one of Zimbabwes best players and is fourth on the list of the countrys highest run-scorers in test cricket.
His confession comes nearly a year after former Zimbabwean coach Heath Streak was banned from all cricket for eight years for violating the cricket anti-corruption code.
Streak was suspended for his relationship with an Indian businessman who sought inside information for illegal gambling purposes and bribed Streak with gifts, including Bitcoin and an iPhone for his wife.
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