Former Zimbabwe cricket captain Brendan Taylor banned for three-and-a-half years

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 30: A Cricket ball is seen lying on the pitch as mist and a wet outfield delay play during the Plunket Shield match between Canterbury and Wellington on March 30, 2017 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor has been banned from all forms of cricket for three-and-a-half years for failure to report an approach from alleged corrupt agents without delay.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) released a statement on Friday saying Taylor had accepted four charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and one separate charge of breaching the Anti-Doping Code.

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The four charges include failing to disclose not just full details of the approach and obstructing or delaying an ICC anti-corruption unit (ACU) investigation, but also receiving gifts and cash, including hospitality, from the agents.

“He (Taylor) accepted the sanctions after admitting to various breaches of the Anti-Corruption Code while a separate charge of breaching the Anti-Doping Code was levelled against him for a positive test result for the stimulant Benzoylecognine, a cocaine metabolite, in September last year,” the statement said.

“Mr Taylor chose to admit the charges under the provisions of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and agreed a sanction with the ICC in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing.”

Taylor, who will also serve a concurrent one-month suspension over an anti-doping violation, will be eligible to play cricket again on July 28, 2025.

Despite his admissions, Taylor denies ever having cheated in international cricket.

ICC general manager of the Integrity Unit Alex Marshall said it was “disappointing” that a player of Taylor’s experience opted not to honour his obligations.

“Over such a long career, he (Taylor) participated in numerous anti-corruption and anti-doping education sessions and knew exactly what his obligations were under the ICC Anti-Corruption and Anti-Doping Codes.”

Taylor represented Zimbabwe over a 17-year career playing in 284 international matches between 2004 and 2021 and scoring 9,938 runs with 17 centuries.