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Mangongo disaster forced Taylor to quit national team


Decided to quit after Bangladesh series ... Brendan Taylor and Elton Chigumbura Tuesday

17/03/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
 
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OUTGOING cricket team skipper Brendan Taylor says he struggled to enjoy his game under former coach Stephen Mangongo and made the decision to quit international cricket during the disastrous tour of Bangladesh.

Taylor has joined Nottinghamshire on a three-year Kolpak deal which prohibits him from playing for Zimbabwe during its tenure.

Zimbabwe lost all eight matches under Mangongo in Bangladesh - three Tests and five One Day Internationals. The tour was undertaken just after the militant Mangongo had stripped Taylor of the overall captaincy of the national team.

Taylor was given the role to lead the Test team while Elton Chigumbura took over as ODI and T20 skipper.

He told a press conference in Harare Tuesday after their arrival from the ICC Cricket World Cup where they won one out six matches and failed to reach the Super Eights that the Bangladesh series decided his mind.

“For once I struggled to enjoy my cricket, I felt we weren’t heading in the right direction as a team and had to make a decision that would benefit my kids and my family,” he said.

“To be honest my decision was made before the World Cup in Bangladesh.”

The talented batsman hit 138 on Saturday in the last group match against defending champions India - his second century of the 2015 World Cup.

ZC chief executive officer Wilfred Mukondiwa said: “We hope that your time with Zimbabwe Cricket did contribute towards your career development and that you will one day return to serve ZC in other capacities.”


Back from the World Cup ... Assistant coach Douglas Hondo also attended press conference

Taylor has written to Zimbabwe Cricket requesting that his contract be terminated with effect from the 31st of March, 2015.

Taylor played his first One-Day International (ODI) match for Zimbabwe against Sri Lanka in Bulawayo on the 20th of April, 2004.

His last ODI match for Zimbabwe was in the country’s final International Cricket Council Cricket (ICC) Cricket World Cup Group B match against India in New Zealand on Saturday, which was his 167th ODI. Taylor has scored 5258 ODI runs for Zimbabwe, at an average of 34.



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During Zimbabwe’s fifth ICC Cricket World Cup Group B match which was against Ireland, he became the fourth Zimbabwe batsman to reach 5 000 runs.

When Zimbabwe was knocked out at the group stage, Taylor was among the top 50 batsmen of the tournament.

Taylor made his Test debut for Zimbabwe against Sri Lanka in Harare in May 2004 and his last Test match was against Bangladesh in Chittagong last November. He played 23 Test matches, during which he made 1493 runs at an average of 34.

Taylor also played 26 Twenty20 International (T20I) matches for Zimbabwe. His debut was against Bangladesh in Khulna in November 2006 and his last match was an ICC World T20 tournament fixture against the United Arab Emirates in Sylhet, Bangladesh in March last year.

Taylor shot to international prominence in the 20-over format of the game when he posted an unbeaten 60 to lead Zimbabwe to a five-wicket win over Australia, in an ICC World T20 tournament match in Cape Town, South Africa, on the 12th of September, 2007.

He was appointed Zimbabwe captain after the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, and led the country successfully in its Test comeback, during which he also scored his maiden century. A month later, Taylor led Zimbabwe to another win – this time against Pakistan.

In July last year, the Zimbabwe senior team captaincy was split and Taylor became the Test captain, with Elton Chigumbura assuming the ODI and T20I role.


 
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