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Brendon Taylor banned by ICC for three and a half years

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Brendon Taylor has been banned by the ICC for three and a half years after failing to report a Spot Fixing approach by an Indian businessman. The former Zimbabwean skipper made the news public earlier this week through his Twitter handle detailing how he was sucked into this by an Indian businessman.

Taylor was guilty of breaching 4 charges of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and 1 charge of the ICC Anti-Doping Code. He was also handed a one-month suspension for failing a dope test which was linked to his intake of cocaine during the episode. Taylor confessed to the ICC about all the violations.

"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," the ICC said.

"This one-month suspension will run concurrently with the suspension of three and a half years under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. Mr Taylor will be free to resume his involvement in the game on 28 July 2025," the ICC stated.

Taylor was invited to India to discuss sponsorship deals and the feasibility of hosting a T20 tournament in Zimbabwe which did not materialize due to the pandemic. He was paid $15000 for his expenses in India and was offered cocaine during a party which he accepted. He was filmed taking the cocaine and was later blackmailed to spot fix.

Taylor only reported the incident four months later in March 2020 when he was threatened by the Indian. The Zimbabwean admitted to the Daily Mail that he had 'beaten a few drug tests' during this two and a half year period before failing one in his last International game in September 2021.

"It is disappointing that a player of his experience chose not to fulfil those obligations, however, he has accepted all charges, which has been reflected in the sanction. I would echo Brendan's message to other players to report approaches as soon as they happen so any corrupt activity can be disrupted at the earliest possible opportunity. We wish Brendan well in his rehabilitation," Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager - Integrity Unit, said.

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