ICC bans Brendon Taylor for anti-corruption; doping breaches

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has handed Zimbabwe 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.

Meanwhile, Taylor disclosed through his social media handle that he had accepted money from a dubious Indian businessman a few days ago.

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The first of Brendon Taylor’s anti-corruption breaches was for 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”.

The wicket-keeper batsman was also guilty of not disclosing “(without unnecessary delay), a receipt of gifts/hospitality with a value of US$750 or more regardless of the circumstances in which they were given”.

The third charge was not disclosing “full details of the approach received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code” including in relation to a then upcoming series against Sri Lanka and/or Bangladesh.

In the fourth and final charge, Brendon Taylor breached the Code by obstructing or delaying an Anti-Corruption Unit 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”.

Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager of the Integrity Unit expressed his disappointment over Brendon Taylor failing to report such incidents.

“Brendan is a former international captain who represented Zimbabwe for 17 years,” Marshal said. 

“Over such a long career, he participated in numerous anti-corruption and anti-doping education sessions and knew exactly what his obligations were under the ICC Anti-Corruption and Anti-Doping Codes. 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,” he added. 

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