Taylor admits to drug use, taking bribe from Indian businessman

Brendan Taylor

Former Zimbabwe cricket captain Brendan Taylor revealed Monday in a tweet he took cocaine, a $15,000 bribe from an Indian businessman to fix matches and that he faces a multiple-year ban from international cricket.

“The ICC (International Cricket Council) are taking the decision to impose a multi-year ban on my international cricketing career,” he tweeted, adding he did not fix any match.

The
35-year-old batsman said in October 2019 he was invited by an Indian
businessman to discuss “sponsorships and the potential launch of a T20
competition in Zimbabwe and was advised that I would be paid USD$15 000 for the
journey”.

The
invitation came when the team had not received salaries for six months and
there were concerns the country would not be able to continue playing
internationally.

He said he
was a “little wary” but undertook the trip all the same.

During
drinks on the last night, he was offered cocaine which the businessman and his
colleagues were taking and said he “foolishly took the bait”.

“The
following morning, the same men entered my hotel room and showed me a video
taken of me the night before doing cocaine and told me that if I did not spot
fix at international matches for them, the video would be released to the
public,” he said.

He said he
was “cornered” and handed a $15,000 deposit to fix matches. He took
the cash so that he could fly out.

It took him
four months to report the offence to the ICC

“I
acknowledge this was too long of a time but I thought I could protect everyone
and in particular, my family,” he said.

He said he
was ready and will “humbly” accept the ICC decision with the
“hope that my story will be used as a means of encouragement for
cricketers to report any illicit approaches as early as possible”.

But he
stressed he never fixed any matches.

Taylor — who
resigned as the Zimbabwe captain late last year — said he will check into a
rehab centre.

Taylor ended
his Zimbabwe career — which spanned 17 years — as their second highest run
scorer in One Day International cricket including a national record 11
centuries in 205 appearances.

He was
equally effective in the Test arena amassing six centuries in 34 matches, five
behind national recordholder Andy Flower.

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