After serving for 11 long years, he decided to retire from Zimbabwe Cricket, which allowed him to play as a Kolpak player for the Nottinghamshire team in the County Cricket. After the end of the Nottinghamshire contract in 2017, Taylor again made his way back to the Zimbabwe team.
However, Hooper wanted to take some time-off from the cricket field ahead of the 1999 World Cup. Fastrack to 2001, he finally made his comeback, after he thought he had an abrupt ending and featured in both the formats.
After the loss in the semi-finals against India in the 2011 World Cup, he was sacked from the leadership role, and as a result he decided to retire from international cricket in May 2011. But the all-rounder again made a comeback after five months and featured in a bilateral series against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
On January 3 2022, Rajapaksa announced his retirement owing to his familial obligation, but it had been claimed he was unhappy with the selectors opting to keep him out of the squad due to the fitness issues. But, after 10 days, he took a U-turn and urged the Sri Lanka Cricket Board to withdraw his application.
In 2012, he retired from the limited-overs cricket due to the text-message scandal and termed it a step to allow the youngsters to prepare themselves for the 2015 World Cup. However, later in 2012, he reached an agreement with the ECB, which allowed him to return to the international team across all the formats.