Brendan Taylor has been banned for three and half years. The International Cricket Council (ICC), which made the announcement on Friday (January 28), said the former Zimbabwe captain has confessed to his involvement in the anti-corruption activity. He was found guilty of breaching four charges of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and, separately, one charge of the ICC Anti-Doping Code.
A few days ago, Taylor had made a disclosure through his social media handle that he had accepted money from a dubious Indian businessman but said was not a cheat. “I may be many things but I am not a cheat,” the former wicketkeeper-batsman had said.
The ICC said Taylor chose to admit the charges under the provisions of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and agreed to the sanctions in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing.
The charges against him were:
Article 2.4.2 – Failing to disclose (without unnecessary delay) the receipt of any gift, payment, hospitality, or another benefit that (a) the participant knew or should have known was given to them to procure a breach of the Code or (b) that was made or given in circumstances that could bring the participant or the sport of cricket into disrepute.
Article 2.4.3 – Failing to disclose to the ACU (without unnecessary delay) receipt of gifts/hospitality with a value of US$750 or more regardless of the circumstances in which they were given.
Article 2.4.4 – Failing to disclose to the ACU (without unnecessary delay) full details of the approach received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code including in relation to Zimbabwe’s then-upcoming series against Sri Lanka and/or Bangladesh.
Article 2.4.7 – obstructing or delaying an ACU investigation, including concealing, tampering with, or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation and/or that may be evidence of or may lead to the discovery of evidence of corrupt conduct under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.