Former Zimbabwe cricket captain Brendan Taylor revealed on Monday in a tweet that he took cocaine and a $15,000 bribe from an Indian businessman to fix matches.
“The ICC (International Cricket Council) are taking the decision to impose a multi-year ban on my international cricketing career,” tweeted the national great, adding he did not fix any match.
The 35-year-old batsman said in October 2019 he was invited by an Indian businessman to discuss “sponsorships and the potential launch of a T20 competition in Zimbabwe and was advised that I would be paid $15,000 for the journey”.
The invitation came when the team had not received salaries for six months and there were concerns the country would not be able to continue playing internationally.
He said he was a “little wary” but undertook the trip all the same.
During drinks on the last night, he was offered cocaine which the businessman and his colleagues were taking and said he “foolishly took the bait”.
“The following morning, the same men entered 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,” he said.
He said he was “cornered” and handed a $15,000 deposit to fix matches. He took the cash so that he could fly out.
It took him four months to report the offence to the ICC.
“I acknowledge this was too long of a time but I thought I could protect everyone and in particular, my family,” he said.
He said he was ready and will “humbly” accept the ICC decision with the “hope that my story will be used as a means of encouragement for cricketers to report any illicit approaches as early as possible”.
But he stressed he never fixed any matches.
“I owe it to myself and to my family to get clean and to put them first,” he said. “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.”
He said he had also been taking medication to treat mental health issues and had been experiencing “hell” for years because of his problems with “drugs and narcotics”.
Taylor played 34 tests, 205 one-day internationals and 45 T20 games for Zimbabwe over a 17-year career from 2004-2021, although he took a three-year sabbatical from internationals in 2015 to play county cricket in England. He was captain from 2011 up until he left for England.
Taylor is one of Zimbabwe’s best players and is fourth on the list of the country’s top run-scorers in test cricket.
His admission comes nearly a year after former Zimbabwe coach Heath Streak was banned from all cricket for eight years for breaching cricket’s anti-corruption code.
Streak was suspended because of his relationship with an Indian businessman who sought inside information for illegal betting purposes and bribed Streak with gifts including Bitcoin and an iPhone for his wife.
Ronaldo Plans To Leave Manchester United After Drawn With Southampton
I’m not young again – Ronaldo set to dump Man Utd for second time
Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has told his friends he is “feeling his age” and could cut short his return to Old Trafford, the UK Sun reports.
The 37-year-old, who has not netted in his last five games, is on course to have his least productive season.
Although Ronaldo is United’s top scorer with eight Premier League goals, he only has half as many as Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
He has also come under fire for his lack of pressing and mobility.
As well as United looking to bring in a young striker, Ronaldo himself is having increasing doubts over his ability to keep on performing for United.
The Portugal captain has told friends he is feeling the pace of the football in England and his age may finally be catching up with him, although he would never admit it in public.
Ronaldo is even considering cutting short his United comeback and leaving in the summer if his own situation – and that of the team – does not change dramatically.
Middlesbrough Defeated Man United In Penalties Shootout
Roy Keane reveals what Middlesbrough’s win would do to Man United
Keane said he expected the former Premier League title holders to defeat the Championship side after putting up a fantastic performance in the first half.
Championship side Boro recorded a surprising win in the FA fourth round progressing to the fifth round on an 8-7 penalty shoot-out victory.
Jadon Sancho put United into a deserved lead and Matt Crooks levelled for the visitors in the second half with the game headed into extra time and penalty shootout.
“You have to be critical of Manchester United. The first half, they were fantastic, but they are playing a Championship team at home in the cup,” Keane told ITV.
“Obviously, it’s not good enough. Defeat changes the mood. It changes the mood in the ground as well.
“The fans would have been thinking they would win tonight and, being at home, I fully expected them to beat a Championship team.
“But now, it just adds more and more pressure to the upcoming games.”
Another AArsenal Player Is About To Follow Aubameyang To Barcelona
See you soon – Lacazette finally speaks out on Aubameyang’s move to Barcelona
Arsenal striker, Alexandre Lacazette, has broken his silence on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s move to Barcelona.
Aubameyang signed for the Gunners only six months after Lacazette arrived at the club.
The two strikers developed a strong understanding both on and off the pitch.
This week however, Aubameyang saw his contract terminated at Arsenal and has now signed for Barca.
My bro!! Thanks for the last 4 years, my experience in Arsenal would have been different without you.
“Wish you good luck in your next chapter! See you soon,” Lacazette tweeted.
It is believed that Lacazette himself has rejected a contract extension at the club and is set to return to Lyon in the summer.
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