Brendan Taylor Banned by ICC for 3 and Half Years

Brendan Taylor
Brendan Taylor

Brendan Taylor Banned by ICC: Former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor has been banned from all cricket for three-and-a-half years by the ICC’s anti-corruption unit for failing to report an approach from alleged corruptors without delay.

Brendan Taylor banned by ICC

On March 31, 2020 Taylor reported an approach from an Indian businessman (Mr. S) which happened in November 2019. However, when he first disclosed the approach, Taylor made no mention of him getting a request from the businessman about fixing matches before he accepted $15,000.

Taylor did mention that he received the money but first said it was as part of an appearance fee.

“In subsequent interviews, however, Mr Taylor changed his story and accepted that while he had initially travelled to India believing that he would be paid an appearance fee of US$15,000, at the end of his trip when the payment was actually made to him, it followed a discussion around corruption and a request for him to be involved in corrupting matches in exchange for payment,” the report said.

The 35-year-old, who played 205 ODIs, 34 Tests and 45 T20s before retiring last year, said he was also given a part payment to spot fix matches, which, according to him, he never did.

He tested positive for Benzoylecognine, which is primarily a result of cocaine ingestion.

“This one-month suspension will run concurrently with the suspension of three and a half years under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. Mr Taylor will be free to resume his involvement in the game on 28 July 2025,” the ICC stated.

Agent’s warning

During the course of interviews, Taylor said when Mr S first contacted him, he referred him to his agent. A red flag was raised by the agent when he told Taylor ‘not to waste his time as he has a bad feeling about Mr S’. The businessman had first called Taylor to enquire if he was keen to play in the Afghanistan Premier League.

But a month later (after the agent had warned him), Taylor got another call and this time he travelled to India for three nights and four days at the businessman’s expense. This time, Mr S told Taylor he wanted to discuss starting a T20 tournament in Zimbabwe and would pay him $15,000 for his time.

New phone, clothes

On reaching India, Taylor was given a new Samsung S10 phone. Taylor claims, in interviews, that he took the phone because his phone was ‘busted up’. Mr S also paid for new clothes for Taylor and also ‘provided Taylor with various things for his entertainment while he was in India’.

Looking for another player

At the end of the trip, Taylor met Mr. S and his associates and this time there was a discussion about spot-fixing in international games. Mr. S told Taylor he could make $35,000 for engaging in spot-fixing. Mr. S also told Taylor that he wanted to rope in one more player to fix matches.

Compromising video

Taylor said that he had initially refused to be involved in fixing but accepted the money because Mr. S told him that he had a compromising video which he would release to the media and Mr. Taylor’s wife.

Taylor, in his post on Twitter earlier this week, had said he had consumed cocaine during the trip to India. Taylor said he was worried about what Mr. S and his associates would do and hence took the money as he wanted to leave India.

Call during B’desh series

Taylor next heard from Mr. S in mid-March 2020, while he was on tour with Zimbabwe in Bangladesh. Mr. S called him and said that while he had not worked for him before that point, now was the time to do so.

Taylor stated that he refused to do any work for Mr. S. Taylor then received a message from the businessman saying that he would release the compromising video.

USD 15k unreturned

Taylor, according to the official publication, still has the US$ 15,000 which he said is being looked after safely by a friend. Taylor said he was clear that neither he nor his family nor his friends can benefit from this money (whether directly or indirectly) in any way.

During the hearing, it was agreed that Taylor’s return to participation in cricket, following the expiry of his period of ineligibility, is conditional upon him demonstrating, to the ICC’s satisfaction, that nobody close to him has benefitted from the money.

ICC Anti-Corruption Code

The ICC said Taylor chose to admit the charges under the provisions of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and agreed to the sanctions in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing. The charges against him were:

Article 2.4.2 – Failing to disclose (without unnecessary delay) the receipt of any gift, payment, hospitality, or other benefits that (a) the participant knew or should have known was given to them to procure a breach of the Code or (b) that was made or given in circumstances that could bring the participant or the sport of cricket into disrepute.

Article 2.4.3 – Failing to disclose to the ACU (without unnecessary delay) receipt of gifts/hospitality with a value of US$750 or more regardless of the circumstances in which they were given.

Article 2.4.4 – Failing to disclose to the ACU (without unnecessary delay) full details of the approach received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code including in relation to Zimbabwe’s then-upcoming series against Sri Lanka and/or Bangladesh.

Article 2.4.7 – obstructing or delaying an ACU investigation, including concealing, tampering with, or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation and/or that may be evidence of or may lead to the discovery of evidence of corrupt conduct under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.

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