The former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor has been banned from all forms of cricket for three and half years. Taylor is charged with four charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. In addition to that, he is also charged with breaching one Anti-Doping Code.
Brendan Taylor, a very well known name in Zimbabwe cricket has scored 9,938 international runs with 17 centuries. Taylor had accepted the fact that he was manipulated in India to spot-fix international games. However, he has also accepted that he was threatened after the few fixers in India had threatened him to publish one video of him taking "disallowed drugs".
Taylor had used Twitter to finally accept his failure to disclose the incident to ICC immediately.
The first charge on Taylor by ICC is – He failed to disclose "(without unnecessary delay) the receipt of any gift, payment, hospitality or other benefit 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".
The second charge is of failing to disclose"(without unnecessary delay), a receipt of gifts/hospitality with a value of US$750 or more regardless of the circumstances in which they were given".
Third charge on the former captain is failing to disclose "(without unnecessary delay), full details of the approach received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code" including in relation to a then upcoming series against Sri Lanka and/or Bangladesh.
And the fourth and final charge is of "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". He has accepted that had consumed cocaine in his tout to India.
Though he had accepted that he was given S$15,000 as a deposit for spot-fixing and said he would have been paid a further US$20,000 "once the 'job' was complete", he has never cheated in any games.
"I would like to place on the record that I have never been involved in any form of match-fixing,"Taylor in his statement
Taylor has been handed one month of suspension which will run concurrently with his three-and-a-half-year ban. He will be able to play cricket on July 28, 2025.
ICC General Manager Alex Marshal shared his thoughts on the incident as well.
"Over such a long career, he 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", Marshal said.
"It is disappointing that a player of his experience chose not to fulfil those obligations, however, he has accepted all charges, which has been reflected in the sanction."ICC General Manager, ALex Marshal.