The former Zimbabwe skipper Tatenda Taibu will return to professional cricket at the age of 35 years. The former wicket-keeper batsman will make his first appearance for Sri Lanka’s first-class side, Baduraliya Sports Club. In fact, Taibu revealed that his son has inspired him to make a comeback.

Taibu went on to say that his son has taken a liking for the game. However, the gloveman revealed his son didn’t see him in action as he was very young when he used to play at the top level. Consequently, Taibu wants his son to catch him in action. Meanwhile, Taibu said he has kept himself at the top of his fitness. Thus, he is looking forward to playing the game again.

Taibu inspired by his son.

“I have said many times that my life is not guided by emotion or well-set plans, but I believe I am led by a voice inside my heart which I cannot ignore,” said Taibu, who now lives in the UK, was quoted as saying in a release. “My son Tatenda jnr also often asks how I used to play, now that he has taken a liking to the sport. He didn’t really get the chance to see me as he was too young at the time. I have stayed extremely fit and healthy and feel I’m still one of the fittest cricketers around, so I thought maybe I can let him see for himself how I can perform.”

Tatenda Taibu
Tatenda Taibu. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)T

Meanwhile, in 2004, Tatenda Taibu had become the youngest wicketkeeper-batsman to make debut at 21 years. However, the talented batsman decided to call curtains on his career in 2012 as he wanted to concentrate on church work.

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The right-hander played 28 Test matches, 150 One Day Internationals and 16 T20Is for the Zimbabwean side. He scored 3393 runs in the 50-overs format. Subsequently, after his International retirement, Taibu served as the convenor of selectors. However, Taibu was sacked from his position after Zimbabwe failed to make their place in the World Cup of 2019.