The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Brendan Taylor for three and a half years, just days after the former Zimbabwe captain issued a statement admitting he had not immediately reported a corrupt act by an Indian businessman and that he was blackmailed. after taking cocaine during that meeting. “Brendan Taylor has been banned from all forms of cricket for three and a half years after he accepted four charges of violation of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and one separate charge of violation of the Anti-Doping Code,” the ICC announced. in a publication on Friday.
Taylor represented Zimbabwe in 284 caps between 2004 and 2021, scoring 9,938 runs spanning 17 centuries.
He accepted the sanctions after admitting to several anti-corruption code violations, while a separate anti-doping code violation complaint was filed against him in September last year for a positive test result for the stimulant benzoylecognine, a metabolite. of cocaine.” ICC added.
“The first of Taylor’s anti-corruption breaches was the failure to disclose” (without undue delay) the receipt of any gift, payment, hospitality or other benefit that (a) the participant knew or should have known was given to them for a violation of the Code or (b) made or given in circumstances likely to discredit the competitor or the sport of cricket,” the ICC statement continued.
“Taylor was also guilty of failing to disclose ‘(without undue delay) a receipt of gifts/hospitality worth US$750 or more, regardless of the circumstances in which they were given,'” it added.
The third charge was for failing to disclose (without undue delay) 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 indictment, Taylor violated the Code by obstructing or delaying an investigation by an anti-corruption unit, including ‘hiding, tampering with, or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation and/ or which may be ‘evidence of or lead to the discovery of evidence of corrupt conduct under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code’.”
Taylor claimed in a detailed social media confession earlier this week that he had been invited by the businessman to come to India to discuss “sponsorship” and possible launch of a T20 event in Zimbabwe, in addition to a bid of $15,000 in October 2019. …not the name of the businessman in question.
“We had a drink and over the course of the evening they openly offered me cocaine, which they themselves were doing, and I foolishly took the bait. I’ve gone over it a million times since and still feel sick when I take it night and how they played me,” Taylor wrote.
“The next morning, the same men stormed into my hotel room and showed me a video that was made of me the night before using cocaine and told me that if I didn’t see a fix on international matches for them, the video would be released for public .
“I was cornered. And with six of these people in my hotel room, I was afraid for my own safety. I had fallen for it. I had voluntarily walked into a situation that changed my life forever.”
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