Ross Taylor ‘not sure’ of taking part in 2021 T20 World Cup in India
Taylor is set to play for the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the CPL.
Updated - Aug 12, 2020 3:16 pm
Ross Taylor, New Zealand’s stalwart for several years now, said that he’s not sure about his participation in the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup in India. Taylor is 36, but he has kept performing efficiently across formats for the Black Caps. He would also have played this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia that had to be postponed until 2022 due to the massive coronavirus outbreak.
Taylor last played the Sydney ODI against Australia back in March. Prior to that, he weaved magic even in the home series versus India where he also scored an unbeaten century in Hamilton. The Wellington-born knows that he isn’t getting any younger and understands the importance of training hard and staying fit.
It has been a strange time all around, says Ross Taylor
“Oh! Not sure. As you get older, things slow down a little bit, but your training and experience and your mind become even more important,” Taylor was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo.
“Yeah, it has been a strange time all around. I haven’t gone this long without playing any cricket since I was in high school. So, yeah obviously isolation and all those other things are a little bit strange, but it is what it is,” he stated.
Taylor is set to ply his trade for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the 2020 edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). The tournament will get underway on August 18 with the Warriors to play the Trinbago Knight Riders in the opener. The games will be played behind closed doors and Taylor is looking forward to play in front of the empty stands.
“You know it’s going to be strange for everybody at the CPL. Nobody has played international cricket for a while, so everyone is going to be nervous, I’m sure. So, training and early games are very important. The atmosphere in Twenty20 cricket is a lot of what you play and we get the best crowds in that format,” Taylor added.
Taylor has massive shoes to fill as Shoaib Malik has backed out of the CPL owing to the T20I series against England. Last year, under the veteran Pakistan cricketer, the Warriors won all their league games and then won the semis as well after which Barbados Tridents ended their winning run.