Tay­lor con­tracted with Zimbabwe Cricket again

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Bren­dan

Tay­lor could make his in­ter­na­tional come­back as early as next month af­ter more than two years out of Zimbabwe colours. On Thurs­day, Tay­lor was re­leased from his county deal with Not­ting­hamshire and re­con­tracted by Zimbabwe Cricket.

He i s mak­ing his way to Harare where, af­ter a 10-day break with fam­ily, he will join train­ing camps for matches against Nether­lands, Pak­istan A and a two-Test series against West In­dies in Oc­to­ber.

Ta­tenda Taibu, Zimbabwe’s con­vener of selec­tors, ex­pects Tay­lor to all but walk back into the start­ing XI. “Any­one who knows cricket knows Bren­dan Tay­lor is a qual­ity player. We don’t need to see much. We have been fol­low­ing his per­for­mances and we know how he has been do­ing on the county cir­cuit. We’re look­ing for­ward to hav­ing him back,” Taibu told ESPNcricinfo.

Taibu was in­stru­men­tal in “break­ing the ice” be­tween Tay­lor and Zimbabwe Cricket and open­ing the door for Tay­lor’s re­turn af­ter the for­mer cap­tain an­nounced his in­ter­na­tional re­tire­ment af­ter the 2015 World Cup. At the time, Tay­lor said he had tried to “make the best de­ci­sion for my fam­ily mov­ing for­ward,” which im­plied the fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity of the county cir­cuit had won out over a then-hap­haz­ard sys­tem of pay­ment and of­ten non-pay­ment in Zimbabwe.

But with Tay­lor’s wife Kelly re­main­ing in Zimbabwe with their four young sons, Tay­lor quickly re­alised the de­ci­sion would, in fact, take its toll on his fam­ily. That be­came one of the driv­ing fac­tors for Tay­lor want­ing to re­turn home but it was not the only one.

In the time Tay­lor was away, ZC has un­der­gone sig­nif­i­cant changes in­clud­ing the ap­point­ment of a new coach in Heath Streak, with whom Tay­lor has worked closely be­fore, and an over­haul of the gov­er­nance struc­tures. “Part of the rea­son Bren­dan was in­ter­ested in com­ing back was that over the last six months, Zimbabwe Cricket has taken a fresh ap­proach on and off the field. We have made sig­nif­i­cant progress ad­min­is­tra­tion wise,” Faisal Has­nain, ZC’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor said.

When Taibu learned of Tay­lor’s in­ter­est in go­ing home, he opened the lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween Tay­lor and ZC but ul­ti­mately, it was the knowl­edge that the fi­nan­cial af­fairs were smooth­ing over that con­vinced Tay­lor. Taibu said he un­der­stood ZC’s new fi­nance chief, Feroza Shar­iff, who was ap­pointed in May had put a proper sys­tem in place to en­sure that things like player pay­ments were now be­ing com­pleted with­out any of the past com­pli­ca­tions or de­lays.

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