By Zimbabwe Cricket
Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) notes and respects the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s decision to ban former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor from all cricket activities for three-and-a-half years after he accepted charges of breaching the ICC anti-corruption and anti-doping codes.
As an organisation, we are extremely disappointed to see the damage caused by the actions of an undoubtedly talented player widely regarded as one of the best cricketers to emerge from our country.
Players are role models and as such have a responsibility to behave in an appropriate way.
Unfortunately, Taylor, who owned up to receiving bribes to fix matches as well as taking cocaine, has failed the sport, his nation and all the people, including impressionable children, who trusted and idolised him.
We are now left to count the costs of his deceit and greed: the credibility of our game has been seriously undermined, while our image as an organisation and as a country has been tainted.
The modus operandi seems to suggest a well-orchestrated agenda to sabotage ZC, our game and what we stand for.
We believe situations such as this demonstrate the urgent need for our country to make sporting fraud a criminal offence.
Indeed, the need to have a legal instrument to punish match-fixers has become more urgent.