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FULL TEXT: Brendan Taylor Statement On Match-fixing, ICC Ban & Cocaine

FULL TEXT: Brendan Taylor Statement On Match-fixing, ICC Ban & Cocaine

To my friends, family, supporters and the wider public.

I’ve been carrying a burden for over 2 years now that has sadly taken me to some very dark places and had a profound effect on my mental health.

And I’ve only recently managed to start sharing my story with close friends and family and receive the love and support I guess I was too ashamed and frightened to seek in the first place.

This may not make for comfortable reading but I would like to make a statement regarding a finding made by the ICC, which is soon to be released.

In late October 2019, I was approached by an Indian businessman requesting that I attend India to discuss sponsorships and the potential launch of a T20 competition in Zimbabwe and was advised that I would be paid USD$15 000 to make the journey.

I can’t deny I was a little wary. But the timing was such that we hadn’t been paid for 6 months by Zimbabwe cricket and it was questionable whether Zimbabwe would be able to continue playing in the international arena.

So I made the journey. The discussions took place, as he had said, and on our last night in the hotel, the businessman and his colleagues took me for a celebratory dinner.

We had drinks and during the course of the evening they openly offered me cocaine, which they themselves engaged in, and I foolishly took the bait.

I’ve gone over it a million times since and still feel sick to my stomach reliving that night and how they played me.

The following morning, the same men stormed into my hotel room and showed me a video taken of me the night before doing cocaine and told me that if I did not spot fix at international matches for them, the video would be released to the public.

I was cornered. And with 6 of these individuals in my hotel room, I was scared for my own safety. I’d fallen for it. I’d willingly walked into a situation that has changed my life forever.

I was handed the USD$15 000 but was told this was now a ‘deposit’ for spot-fixing and that an additional USD$20 000 would be paid once the “job” was complete. I took the money so I could get on a plane and leave India.

I felt I had no choice at the time because saying no was clearly not an option. All I knew was I had to get out of there.

When I returned home, the stress of what had taken place severely impacted my mental and physical health. I was a mess. I was diagnosed with shingles and prescribed strong antipsychotic medication – amitriptyline.

The ‘businessman’ wanted a return on his investment which I could not and would not give. It took me 4 months to report this offence and interaction to the ICC.

I acknowledge this was too long of a time but I thought I could protect everyone and in particular, my family.

I approached the ICC on my own terms and I hoped that if I explained my predicament, my genuine fear for our safety and wellbeing, they would understand the delay.

Unfortunately, they did not, but I cannot feign ignorance in this regard. I have attended many anti-corruption seminars over the years and we know that time is of the essence when making reports.

I would like to place on record that I have never been involved in any form of match-fixing. I may be many things but I am not a cheat.

My love for the beautiful game of cricket far outweighs and surpasses any threats which could be thrown my way.

As a result of approaching the ICC, I attended multiple interviews and engagements and was as honest and transparent as I could be during their investigations.

Inside and outside I was beating myself up and I still wish I had sought support and advice earlier for a multitude of reasons.

That being said, the ICC is taking the decision to impose a multi-year ban on my international cricketing career.

I humbly accept this decision and only hope that my story will be used as a means of encouragement for cricketers to report any approaches early.

I will admit that the past two years have been incredibly challenging, both personally and professionally and it is from absolute rock bottom that I am trying to climb out of this mess!

My family and friends have been incredibly supportive of me and it is clear to me now that I have a much bigger problem that for some time has needed addressing.

And so I would also like to let you know that on Tuesday the 25th of January I am checking into a rehabilitation centre to get clean and to get my life back on track.

I have to tell my story now because I know people will want to hear from me. To try and understand what led to this point. But for many weeks I will be away and trying to get better.

I owe it to myself and to my family to get clean and to put them first. I have let a substance take control of me and impair my vision, my morals and my values and it is time that I prioritise what really matters.

I also hope my story inspires someone who hears it, to get the help that they need. I had not realized that coming forward and talking would give me so much relief from the hell I have found myself in for years.

Drugs and narcotics do not discriminate and it took all that I have to admit that I have a problem.

To end I need to let you know I am sorry for those I have hurt. I am sorry for those I have let down.

I would like to thank my family, my friends and my supporters for always being there. I have learnt the true meaning of loyalty.

The greatest honour that can be bestowed, is to captain and represent one’s country and for this, I am eternally grateful.

I am also grateful for what this experience has taught me. I am grateful for my four beautiful children, my loving and supportive wife, my health and the clarity I now have to want to be a better version of myself.

Brendan Taylor

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17 Comments

Ndini 5 months ago

Mukomana akabatwa nhe guka wish you the best Taylor


Vybz Kartel 5 months ago

You are an embarrassment to your family and nation at large you should be banned from all cricket activities for life your excuse can never justify what you did


Rwadzi Gunsmoke 5 months ago

Haaaa Mr Brendon chii?dai waida kubuda pachena wakabuda at 1st man apa kuzotaura waona kuti nyaya yashata now unofanha kuitwa Life Ban munyaya dzeCricket hautodai kuonekwa pedyo hako pe any sport drugs and sport hazvifambidzane baba...


Tafman 5 months ago

Brandan as much as i would like to beleive your vision of the story, it would be so hard to be welcomed back into cricket circles. The fact that you were pictured taking a joint overweights your innocence. As for the match fixing scandal,you will go unscratched since there is no evidence to implicate you meanwhile. Wishing you a successful therapy in rehab


🙇 5 months ago

It's part of lyf , just start there and go on ,


Game tatengesa 5 months ago

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Mhazi of silobela 5 months ago

Ungaworry mfana it happens - u are human after all. All the best in rehab, it's not the end of the world


Mhofu 5 months ago

Very true,life goes on.Its not the end of the world.God loves you...

Okongo 5 months ago

Well done Brendan for coming out in the open ,you have managed to remove a burden on your conscience ,we all love you and may God The Almighty forgive you and protect you against the evil


Me 5 months ago

Some consequences okusabhadarwa, you fall prey to shady deals that could ruin your career.


Mwana wevhu 5 months ago

That's why we are perennial losers what a mess.


Ak soko 5 months ago

Ummmmm ya


Mr ndhlumbi 5 months ago

So touching. Saka maWorriors Ari kuita spot-fixing nekusapihwa Ca$h


Bright 5 months ago

Ehe ndozvitoripo ka especially afcon yaana chipezeze iya kwainzi vakapiwa Mari ne muridzi we TP Mazembe

Bright 5 months ago

Haa iwe ka 15 thaza kaisaitawo ka nhai iwe dai wakati ka 100 000 ka asi ehe ndiye adii iyo Zim yacho isingabhadhare


MuGrade 2 5 months ago

Hope you bounce man..


D1vant 5 months ago

Wow... I'm shocked



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