HARARE - Former Zimbabwe Test captain Brendan Taylor yesterday revealed why he had chosen to walk away from Zimbabwe Cricket after signing for English County side Nottinghamshire.
The 29-year-old wicketkeeper batsman signed a three-year Kolpak deal with Nottinghamshire and will not be allowed to play for his country during the duration of the contract.
Taylor was Zimbabwe’s leading run scorer with 433 runs at an average of 72.16 at the World Cup after scoring successive centuries against Ireland and India.
The former Mid West Rhinos and Mash Eagles cricketer said Zimbabwe’s disastrous tour to Bangladesh last year, where the team was whitewashed across all formats, was the chief contributory factor to his decision to pursue a County cricket career.
“To be honest with you, my decision was made before the World Cup in Bangladesh,” Taylor told reporters at a media briefing yesterday.
“For once, I struggled to enjoy my cricket. I felt we weren’t heading in the right direction as a team and my main outcome of that was to make a decision that would benefit my kids, benefit our family as a whole.
“I have been very grateful; I’m very appreciative of what ZC had to offer me over the years but at the end of the day, family is slightly more important than our jobs and the way I was very committed to my job.”
Taylor paid tribute to the fans, who have always been behind him and the team during some trying times.
“Firstly, I would like to say thank you (to the fans). We have seen how they have grown in numbers and turned up day in day out to support us,” he said.
“I also want to apologise to them. I don’t wanna leave them; I don’t wanna leave my teammates behind. It’s been the most difficult decision of my life and that’s a decision that really got to me and while I feel it’s a positive decision I’m not a person that sort of, wants to leave the team and fans alone.
Taylor said new Zimbabwe coach Dav Whatmore, who was appointed six weeks before the World Cup, was the right man to lead Zimbabwe to regain it’s lost glory days.
“I feel his (Whatmore) strength is to get inside the mental capacity of an individual and get the best out of him. He is a good organiser; he’s very experienced, we know his background to that and I think he brings a lot of positives,” Taylor said of Whatmore.
“He speaks really well and his communication with the players was his strong point and I think every player bought into what he had to say.
“At the end of the day, it could have been convenient and I think ZC made a rapid decision to get him in as soon as possible before the World Cup and I think it’s hard to perform miracles in a short space of time as a coach.”