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Brendan Taylor hoping very much to ‘get back to work’ after resolving issues with ZC

Taylor and a few players are hoping to get back to work after resolving the issues over match fees.

Brendon Taylor
Brendan Taylor of Zimbabwe. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

After missing out on the action during the series against Pakistan and Australia, Brendan Taylor and his band of players who refused themselves out of selection are now on the verge of making a comeback to the side. This comes after the funds were transferred from the ICC to Zimbabwe cricket, something that helped clear the dues of the players who claimed the match fees had not been paid.

The group of players who made themselves unavailable for selection included the likes of skipper Graeme Cremer, Brendan Taylor, Malcolm Waller, and Sikandar Raza. A couple of these players had also gone on to defect to play in the newly-formed Global T20 League in Canada.

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“We’re certainly looking to putting all that behind us and getting back to what we all love best, which is playing for Zimbabwe,” Taylor told Standardsport in an exclusive interview.

With a truce seemingly been agreed upon, it is now clear that the players and the Board are aiming at putting these things behind them, and ‘get back to work’, so to speak in the interests of Zimbabwe cricket.

“I’m very confident that great strides have been taken to resolve the players’ issues. It’s been a long-winded and frustrating time, but the good thing is that we are moving forward and the wheels are in motion. It’s time to get back to work at the start of August and prepare for the two very big series in South Africa and Bangladesh. I’m looking forward to that and drawing a line in the sand and moving forward,” he said.

‘I am here to stay’

After having returned from England following the cancellation of his Kolpak Deal, Taylor went on to add that he was indeed keen on finishing up his playing days with Zimbabwe and that he was indeed here to stay.

“I certainly haven’t at any stage considered moving away from Zimbabwe Cricket. Coming back from England and signing a long deal with Zimbabwe Cricket means that I’m here to stay.

“I want to finish my playing days here with Zimbabwe and contribute on and off the field and make sure that Zimbabwe Cricket is left in a better place than when I personally and other players started our careers and is in good hands,” he said.

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