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Warrant out for Taibu for not appearing in court

An arrest warrant against Zimbabwe batsman Tatenda Taibu has been issued after he failed to appear in court to resume trial on assault charges.

cricket Updated: Feb 07, 2009 12:38 IST

An arrest warrant against Zimbabwe batsman Tatenda Taibu has been issued after he failed to appear in court Friday to resume trial on assault charges.

The former national team captain is facing trial for allegedly assaulting Zimbabwe Cricket finance manager Esther Lupepe last October during an altercation over outstanding payments owed to him. Taibu's lawyer, Jonathan Samkange, told The Associated Press his client's failure to attend court was due to a communication breakdown between them.

Samkange said Taibu called him last week from Kenya, where the Zimbabwe team was playing, to say he wouldn't be back in time for the trial because he was going to Bangladesh to honor a club contract.

The contract failed to materialize and Taibu returned home with the rest of the Zimbabwe squad on Thursday. Samkange said Taibu didn't tell him he was back and had assumed the trial had been postponed.

The case was adjourned last November when the court ordered ZC to open its accounts after Taibu claimed the assault charges were a strategy to punish him for questioning the management of board funds, among other things.

ZC is expected to object, arguing that the charges are a personal matter between Taibu and Lupepe.