Zimbabwean legend Brandon Taylor found guilty of a fixing scandal
Zimbabwean legend Brendon Taylor admits his involvement in fixing scandal
Former captain of the Zimbabwean national team has openly accepted on Twitter that he was admitted in a fixing scandal in October 2019. The former captain has revealed that the international board will ban him from playing further matches for his nation after he failed to report a corrupt approach concerning fixing a match.
Taylor in an open letter has said that he met an Indian businessman back then and, in the meeting, the businessman offered sponsorships and ‘potential launch of a t20 competition in Zimbabwe’. In the statement, Taylor maintained the reason behind this decision as he didn’t want his family at risk.
The story doesn’t end there. There is a huge catch in the story as the Zimbabwean has revealed that there was involvement of drugs while he met the bookie. He said, “We had drinks and during the course of the evening they openly offered me cocaine, which they themselves engaged in, and I foolishly took the bait”.
He added, “It took me 4 months to report this offence and interaction to the ICC. I acknowledge this was too long of a time but I thought I could protect everyone and in particular, my family. I approached the ICC on my own terms and I hoped that if I explained my predicament, my genuine fear for our safety and wellbeing, that they would understand the delay.
Taylor also said that he has never taken any money to fix any matches. “Never been involved in any form of match-fixing. I may be many things but I am not a cheat. My love for the beautiful game of cricket far outweighs and surpasses any threats which could be thrown my way”.
Taylor has retired from all forms of cricket in last September. However, this incident will put a black mark in his 17-year long career.
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