Cricket, Brendan Taylor match fixing scandal, news

Zimbabwean professional cricketer Brendan Taylor has revealed he is the subject of a match fixing scandal.

Taylor took to Twitter tonight to break the news before the International Cricket Council could.

“I would like to make a statement about an ICC finding, which will be released shortly,” Taylor wrote.

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Taylor – who has played 34 Test matches as well as 250 combined one-day internationals and Twenty20 internationals for Zimbabwe – claims he was approached by “an Indian businessman” in October 2019.

The “businessman” asked him to fly to India, where he would be paid $15,000 (USD) to “discuss sponsorship and the possible launch of a T20 competition in Zimbabwe”.

After arriving in India, Taylor says he was then offered cocaine during a night out. The footage of him ingesting cocaine was then allegedly used to coerce him into taking money and participating in match fixing.

“I was cornered. And with (six) of these people in my hotel room, I was afraid for my own safety,” he wrote in a lengthy statement posted on Twitter.

“I had fallen for it. I had voluntarily walked into a situation that changed my life forever.”

Taylor says he got $15,000, which was a “deposit,” and promised to receive another $20,000 “once the job was done.”

“I took the money so I could get on a plane and leave India,” he says.

“I felt at the time that I had no choice, because saying no was clearly not an option. I just knew I had to get out of there.”

Taylor says that when he returned home, the alleged incidents in India “had a serious impact on my mental and physical health”.

He says he never participated in any match-fixing activities and eventually reported the situation to the ICC four months later.

“The ICC is still making the decision to impose a multi-year ban on my international cricket career,” he says.

“I humbly accept this decision and only hope that my story will be used as an encouragement to cricketers to report any approaches early.”

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