Brendan Taylor, the former captain of Zimbabwe, has been banned from all forms of cricket for three and a half years for failing to disclose a suspected corrupt agent’s approach promptly.
Taylor acknowledged four accusations of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and one additional allegation of infringing the ICC Anti-Doping Code, according to an ICC statement released on Friday.
The four allegations include not only failing to disclose all aspects of the approach and hindering or delaying an ICC anti-corruption unit (ACU) inquiry but also accepting gifts and cash from the agents, including hospitality.
“He (Taylor) accepted the fines after confessing to several breaches of the Anti-Corruption Code, as well as a further charge of breaching the Anti-Doping Code for a positive test result for the stimulant Benzoylecognine, a cocaine metabolite, in September last year,” according to the statement.
“In lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing, Mr Taylor elected to admit the allegations under the provisions of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and agreed to a punishment with the ICC.”
Taylor will be allowed to play cricket again on July 28, 2025, after serving a one-month suspension for an anti-doping violation.
Taylor had travelled to Delhi in September 2019 on the invitation of an Indian businessman named Manish, who the ICC has dubbed Mr S. They considered creating a T20 tournament in Zimbabwe, and Taylor was given a $15,000 advance in cash with the prospect of a $20,000 fee for his participation.
Taylor received a new Samsung S10 phone from his host, as his previous phone had “broken down,” as well as money to spend while in India and was compensated for new clothing by the Indian businessman. While in India, Taylor was also given “a variety of things for his amusement.”
According to anti-corruption sources in India, the competition was cancelled due to a global epidemic that struck a few months later. When requested to return the advance, Taylor promised the Indian businessman that he would do so once the Zimbabwe board cleared his debts.
Taylor met with Mr S and his colleagues, according to the ICC, during which they discussed spot-fixing at international matches, something he had mentioned in his public declaration. The player stated that spot-fixing in subsequent games may earn him $35,000 but that he would need another player to pull it off. In February and March 2020, Zimbabwe was set to face Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Taylor made no mention of any corruption discussions in his original report to the ACU. He conveyed the notion that he had been paid $15,000 for his services in travelling to India. In subsequent interviews, he revised the version and acknowledged that the funds had been advanced for future fixes.
Taylor participated in at least 13 ICC anti-corruption education courses during his 17-year career, which included 34 Tests, 205 ODIs, and 45 T20Is. “Although it is sad that a player of his calibre opted not to fulfil those commitments, he has acknowledged all allegations, and the sentence reflects this. I agree with Brendan’s advice to other gamers to report approaches as soon as they occur so that any corrupt behaviour can be stopped as soon as feasible. We wish Brendan the best of luck in his recovery, “According to Alex Marshall, the ICC’s General Manager of the Integrity Unit.