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Brendan Taylor. (Credits: Twitter)

Former Zimbabwe cricketer Brendan Taylor has been banned from all forms of cricket for three years and six months after accepting that he breached four charges under the ICC Anti-Corruption and Anti-Doping Code.

He recently released a statement on social media, accepting that he took money in exchange for spot-fixing and also that he took cocaine at a party after being blackmailed by an unnamed Indian businessman.

He accepted the sanctions after admitting to various breaches of the Anti-Corruption Code while a separate charge of breaching the Anti-Doping Code was levelled against him for a positive test result for the stimulant Benzoylecognine, a cocaine metabolite, in September last year,” a statement from the ICC read.

Brendan Taylor Banned From All Forms Of Cricket Under Anti-Corruption And Anti-Doping Code
Alex Marshall. (Credits: ICC)

Speaking about the ban, ICC General Manager of the Integrity Unit, Alex Marshall, said: “Brendan is a former international captain who represented Zimbabwe for 17 years. 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.”

“We wish Brendan Taylor well in his rehabilitation” – Alex Marshall

Taylor was also handed a one-month period of ineligibility for violation of Article 2.1. The ban was reduced to one month as his doping charges weren’t related to sports or to enhance his performance in any way, shape, or form.

Brendan Taylor
Brendan Taylor. (Credits: Twitter)

I would echo Brendan’s message to other players to report approaches as soon as they happen so any corrupt activity can be disrupted at the earliest possible opportunity. We wish Brendan well in his rehabilitation,” Marshall further added.

Taylor can return to professional cricket on July 28, 2025.

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