Brendan Taylor back with Zimbabwe cricket after 2 years, may play Tests vs Windies

Brendan Taylor, who had announced his international retirement during the 2015 World Cup, has been recontracted with Zimbabwe cricket after two years after being released from his County contract with Nottinghamshire and could feature in the two-Test series against West Indies starting in October.

cricket Updated: Sep 15, 2017 11:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Brendan Taylor smashed a century in his last international match against India in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup clash against India and he is all set to make his return back with Zimbabwe cricket after two years.(Getty Images)

Zimbabwe cricket have received a big boost after Brendan Taylor, their star batsman who had announced his international retirement in 2015, was recontracted to the national team after being released from his county contract with Nottinghamshire on Thursday.

According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, Taylor could feature in the two-Test series against West Indies in October. The 31-year-old could also be part of upcoming series against Netherlands, Pakistan A, ICC World Cup qualifiers and a potential Boxing Day Test against South Africa in December.

Tatenda Taibu, former Zimbabwe captain and current convenor of selectors, told ESPNCricinfo that the team would welcome Taylor back with open arms. “We have been following his performances and we know how he has been doing on the county circuit,” Taibu said.

During the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Taylor had shocked the world when he announced his international retirement. In his last game against India in Auckland, the dashing right-hander smashed 138 off 110 balls, including 15 fours and five sixes. Although Zimbabwe lost the match, Taylor had exited the grand stage with 5258 runs in 167 ODIs at an average of close to 35.

Following his announcement, Taylor had told in an interview to the BBC of his reasons behind his decision to move to Nottinghamshire. “Our careers do not last forever and I want to go and play in a great set-up. Every player would be lying if they say they are not trying to maximise on potential earnings,” Taylor had said.

In his first season for Nottinghamshire in 2016, Taylor managed 759 runs in 13 games at an average of 34 but in the 2017 season, with the team demoted to the second division of the County Championship, Taylor featured in only four games and scored 123 runs at an average fo 24.

Revamped Zimbabwe Cricket

In the past, there have been several instances of Zimbabwe cricketers going on strike over non-payment. The Zimbabwe Cricket Board have been crippled by debt and issues of not having a system in proper place to tackle the needs of the players and facilities

However, in the last six months, Zimbabwe cricket has undergone tremendous transformation when it comes to governance. The appointment of Heath Streak as coach and the installation of a proper system where player payments were being completed without any past complications or delays have reaped benefits.

On the field, Zimbabwe have also transformed, with the team having won a bilateral ODI series against Sri Lanka for the first time ever in Sri Lanka.

First Published: Sep 15, 2017 11:09 IST