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Brendon Taylor leaves UK, re-joins Zimbabwe Cricket team

14/09/2017 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter I Agencies
Back home ... Brendan Taylor

FORMER Zimbabwe cricket captain Brendon Taylor is back with the national side after deciding to leave the United Kingdom and return home.

Taylor was released his deal with Nottinghamshire on Thursday and immediately re-contracted by Zimbabwe Cricket.

The 31-year-old asked, and was granted permission, to be released from his UK contract – due to expire at the end of the 2017 season – for family reasons.

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) confirmed the development.

“ZC is pleased to announce that following the end of his contract with and release from English county Nottinghamshire, ZC has formally contracted Brendan Taylor to play domestic and international cricket in and for Zimbabwe,” the board said in a short statement.

National team coach Heath Streak added; “I am elated to have Brendan Taylor back in a Zimbabwe jersey.

“We welcome him back and we are looking forward to him making a big difference for us and spending the rest of his playing career in his country of birth.”

And explaining his decision, Taylor said; “Being away from my wife and children has proven to be very difficult for me.

“… And I have reached a point in my life where I must consider their needs.”

He could make his international comeback as early as next month after more than two years out of Zimbabwe colours.

Zimbabwe have matches against the Netherlands, Pakistan A and a two-Test series against West Indies in October.

Reflecting on his time with the Notts Outlaws, Taylor said; “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Trent Bridge where I have made some fantastic friends among the dressing room and Club staff during the three seasons I have been here.

“Winning two trophies for Notts in these past few months, including one at Lord’s, has been a real highlight in my career, and given me moments that I will never forget.

“But being away from my wife and children has proven to be very difficult for me and I have reached a point in my life where I must consider their needs.”

Taylor first joined Nottinghamshire for the start of the 2015 season and became the first batsman in the Club's history to register centuries in both of his first two matches, against Loughborough University and Middlesex.


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