Imran Khan once said during an interview with the Time that he believes International Cricket is not clean from spot-fixing. The ICC has now found that Brendon Taylor breached against four charges of ICC Anti-corruption code and for breaching one charge of Anti-Doping Code.
“Former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor has been banned from all cricket for three and a half years after he accepted breaching four charges of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and, separately, one charge of the ICC Anti-Doping Code,” the ICC said in its statement.
Taylor was also handed suspension for failing the dope test. He was tested positive for Benzoylecognine, a cocaine metabolite which is performance enhancing drug and banned by the ICC. The period of ineligibility was reduced to one month as Taylor showed the proof of using the substance when he wasn’t involved in any competition.
The former Zimbabwe captain revealed that he was threatened of spreading the images of his doing cocaine. According to Taylor, he went to India in October 2019 to discuss a sponsorship deal with an Indian businessman and a potential launch of a T20 event in Zimbabwe. He also took USD 15000 as a part payment for doing the spot-fix, which Taylor admits that he never did. The remaining payment was promised after the fix was done.
Taylor revealed that apart from the meeting, they had drinks too where he was given cocaine to try, which he did. Those same people then went into his hotel room to show him the video footage of him engaging with cocaine. They threatened him to release the footage in media. Taylor said to the ICC Anti Corruption unit that he only took the money because he felt threatened for his safety.
Taylor made his debut in the International Cricket with an ODI against the Sri Lankan team in 2004. The batsman has represented Zimbabwe in 205 ODI matches and 34 test matches and 44 T20.
The ICC has said that the decision is final and that Taylor will allowed to engage in cricket from 28th July 2025.