Days after Brendan Taylor revealed that he had failed to report a corrupt approach immediately, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has initiated an action against the former Zimbabwe captain. The apex international authority has banned Taylor for three-and-a-half years from all forms of cricket.
Notably, Taylor had recently confessed on social media, claiming that he had visited India in 2019 to meet a businessman with the idea of launching a T20 competition in Zimbabwe. However, things didn’t work out, and the businessman threatened the cricketer to indulge in spot-fixing. Taylor revealed that he reported the offence to ICC four months later to protect his family.
“Brendan Taylor has been handed a three-and-a-half-year ban from all forms of cricket after he accepted four charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and one separate charge of breaching the Anti-Doping Code,” the ICC said in a statement on Friday.
According to ICC, Taylor chose to admit the charges under the provisions of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. As per the international body, the Zimbabwe star breached the following provisions of Article 2.4 of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code:
- Article 2.4.2 – Failing to disclose (without unnecessary delay) the receipt of any gift, payment, hospitality or other benefit that (a) the participant knew or should have known was given to them to procure a breach of the Code or (b) that was made or given in circumstances that could bring the participant or the sport of cricket into disrepute.
- Article 2.4.3 – Failing to disclose to the ACU (without unnecessary delay) receipt of gifts/hospitality with a value of US$750 or more regardless of the circumstances in which they were given.
- Article 2.4.4 – Failing to disclose to the ACU (without unnecessary delay) full details of the approach received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code, including Zimbabwe’s then upcoming series against Sri Lanka and/or Bangladesh.
- Article 2.4.7 – obstructing or delaying an ACU investigation, including concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation and/or that may be evidence of or may lead to the discovery of evidence of corrupt conduct under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.