Tay­lor, ZC kiss and make up

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

ZIM­BABWE Cricket yes­ter­day an­nounced their re­union with their star bats­man Bren­dan Tay­lor, two years af­ter he left to play county cricket in Eng­land.

Tay­lor is by far the best bats­man in Zim­babwe cricket to­day.

‘‘ Zim­babwe Cricket is pleased to an­nounce that fol­low­ing the end of his con­tract with and re­lease from English county Nottinghamshire, ZC has for­mally con­tracted Bren­dan Tay­lor to play do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional cricket in and for Zim­babwe,’’ ZC said in a state­ment.

Chevrons coach Heath Streak said it was a huge de­vel­op­ment.

“I am elated to have Bren­dan Tay­lor back in a Zim­babwe jersey. We wel­come him back and we are look­ing for­ward to him mak­ing a big dif­fer­ence for us and spend­ing the rest of his play­ing ca­reer in his coun­try of birth.”

His English county club, Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, re­vealed yes­ter­day that Tay­lor was re­turn­ing home with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

‘‘ The 31-year- old has asked and been granted per­mis­sion to be re­leased from his con­tract — due to ex­pire at the end of the 2017 sea­son — for fam­ily rea­sons,’’ the Not­ting­ham Post re­ported.

‘‘ Tay­lor has played a key role in the Notss Out­laws’ NatWest T20 Blast and Royal Lon­don One-Day Cup white ball tro­phy dou­ble this sum­mer.

‘‘ The right-han­der scored 351 runs in the T20 for­mat, in­clud­ing a vi­tal 65 against Birm­ing­ham Bears in a record Fi­nal Days part­ner­ship of 132 along with Samit Pa­tel, who hit 64 not out.

‘‘For­mer Zim­babwe in­ter­na­tional Tay­lor also ham­mered the Club’s fourth high­est List A score of 154 in the Royal Lon­don 50- over quar­ter-fi­nal win at Somerset, con­tribut­ing 376 runs in that com­pe­ti­tion in all.’’ Tay­lor told the news­pa­per fam­ily in­ter­ests per­suaded him to re­turn home.

“I’ve thor­oughly en­joyed my time at Trent Bridge where I have made some fan­tas­tic friends among the dress­ing room and Club staff dur­ing the three sea­sons I have been here,” said Tay­lor.

“Win­ning two tro­phies for Notts in these past few months, in­clud­ing one at Lord’s, has been a real high­light in my ca­reer, and given me mo­ments that I will never for­get.

“But be­ing away from my wife and chil­dren has proven to be very dif­fi­cult for me and I have reached a point in my life where I must con­sider their needs.”

Di­rec­tor of Cricket Mick Newell said: “We are ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed to lose Bren­dan given the sig­nif­i­cant im­pact he has had, but we also re­spect his wishes in re­la­tion to his fam­ily.

“I know he has given many Mem­bers and spec­ta­tors great plea­sure with some of the su­perb in­nings he has played and we wish him every fu­ture suc­cess.”

Tay­lor’s wife and four kids have re­mained res­i­dent in Harare dur­ing his time play­ing in Eng­land.

Eng­land bats­man Alex Hayles said it was a bad day for the county.

‘‘Gut­ted to see @Bren­danTay­lor86 leave. One of the best blokes I’ve shared a chang­ing room with. See you in Stel­len­bosch in Novem­ber,’’ Hayles said on Twit­ter.

Tay­lor is set to also play in the South African Global T-20 League in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber for the Stel­len­bosch Mon­archs.

Mean­while, ZC said they had re­voked the author­ity they had given their play­ers to play in Afghanistan in the wake of a deadly blast in Kabul out­side a cricket ground.

‘‘Fol­low­ing the tragic se­cu­rity in­ci­dent in Afghanistan yes­ter­day (on Wed­nes­day), Zim­babwe Cricket has with im­me­di­ate ef­fect re­voked the No Ob­jec­tion Cer­tifi­cates that it had pre­vi­ously is­sued to nine Zim­bab­wean play­ers in­volved in the on­go­ing Sh­pageeza Cricket League in Afghanistan,’’ ZC said.

‘‘With the full un­der­stand­ing of and help from the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), the play­ers — who had all trav­elled to Afghanistan in their in­di­vid­ual ca­pac­i­ties and not as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Zim­babwe or ZC — are now on their way back home. ZC will not un­der any cir­cum­stances com­pro­mise on mat­ters of player safety.

‘‘ We fully and sin­cerely sym­pa­thise with the ACB dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time for them and as­sure them of our full sup­port in the mat­ter.’’ — Sports Re­porter/ Not­ting­ham Post/Zim­cricket.

Bren­dan Tay­lor

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