Cricketer Brendan Taylor has admitted that he failed to report in time to the ICC an approach made to him by an Indian businessman to spot-fix. In a lengthy post on his verified Twitter handle, the former Zimbabwe captain and wicketkeeper also revealed that he could face a “multi-year ban” by the ICC for allegedly not reporting the corrupt approach, Cricbuzz has reported.
However, the former Zimbabwe skipper noted that he has “never been involved in any form of match-fixing.”
According to Taylor, an Indian businessman requested him to attend a party in India to discuss a sponsorship and potential launch of a T20 competition in Zimbabwe, with an initial offer of $ 15000. Once he landed in India and went to a party, he was openly offered cocaine, which he ‘foolishly’ took. This was secretly shot in camera and the video was shown to him next morning with an ultimatum that if he did not agree to spot fix international games, the video would be made public.
“I was concerned. And with 6 of these individual in my hotel room, I was scared for my own safety. I had fallen for it. I’d willingly walked into a situation that has changed my life forever,” he said.
As a matter of policy, the ICC would not comment on the anti-corruption matter but sources in the know have confirmed that an investigation is underway. “It is on-going and has not yet been completed,” said the source, adding the player has confessed to the charges and will not contest. The public confession is also unlikely to get him a reprieve and most likely terms of agreement for sanctions will be agreed by both.
Taylor played 34 Tests, 205 ODIs and 44 T20Is in a career of 17 years between 2004-21. He is the second former Zimbabwe captain to be in the anti-corruption net after Heath Streak, who accepted indulging anti-corruption activity and was banned last year for eight years.