Brendan Taylor has been banned for three and a half years by the International Cricket Council (ICC), just days after admitting in a statement that he neglected to report a corrupt approach by an Indian businessman and that he was blackmailed after consuming cocaine during that encounter.
Brendan Taylor has been banned for three and a half years by the International Cricket Council (ICC), just days after the former Zimbabwe captain released a statement admitting he failed to report a corrupt approach by an Indian businessman and that he was blackmailed after taking cocaine during that meeting. “After accepting four counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and one separate charge of breaching the Anti-Doping Code, Brendan Taylor has been banned from all forms of cricket for three and a half years,” the ICC said in a statement on Friday.Between 2004 and 2021, Taylor played in 284 international matches for Zimbabwe, scoring 9,938 runs with 17 centuries.
He accepted the fines after confessing to multiple anti-corruption violations, as well as a separate charge of anti-doping violations for a positive test result for the stimulant Benzoylecognine, a cocaine metabolite, in September of last year “ICC was added.”The first of Taylor’s anti-corruption violations was for failing to disclose “(without undue 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 (b) was made or given in circumstances that could bring the participant or the sport of cricket into disrepute,” according to the report “the ICC statement continued.
Taylor was also found guilty of failing to disclose “(without undue delay) a receipt of gifts/hospitality valued at US$750 or more, regardless of the circumstances in which they were delivered,” according to the report.
The third charge was not revealing “(without undue delay) the details of the approach received to engage in corrupt behaviour under the Code,” especially in respect to a series against Sri Lanka and/or Bangladesh that was to be played at the time.”In the fourth and final charge, Taylor violated the Code by obstructing or delaying an Anti-Corruption Unit investigation, including ‘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 lead to the discovery of evidence of corrupt conduct under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code,'” according to the complaint.
Taylor stated on social media earlier this week that he was asked to India by the billionaire to discuss “sponsorships” and the potential creation of a T20 tournament in Zimbabwe, as well as an offer of USD 15,000 in October 2019. He didn’t say who the businessman was.”We had cocktails, then later in the evening they openly offered me cocaine, which they were using themselves, and I foolishly accepted the offer. I’ve relived that night and how they played me a million times since then, and I’m still sick to my stomach thinking about it “Taylor penned something.