Indian Connection: ICC Slaps 3-And-Half Year Ban On Ex-Zimbabwe Captain Brendan Taylor

Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday slapped a three-and-a-half-year ban on former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor. He was found to be at fault for failing to report a 2019 spot-fixing approach by an Indian businessman on time.

“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. Mr Taylor chose to admit the charges under the provisions of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and agreed a sanction with the ICC in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing,” the ICC said in a statement.

The 35-year-old Taylor was also handed a one-month suspension for failing a dope test, testing positive for benzoylecognine, which is a result of cocaine ingestion.

The experienced Taylor, who retired last year after playing 205 ODIs, 34 Tests and 45 T20Is, revealed earlier this week that he was blackmailed after “foolishly” taking cocaine during a meeting with an Indian businessman.

He said he was given money to spot-fix matches, but claimed that he never did.

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