15 September 2017
INDICATIONS are that former captain Brendan ‘BT’ Taylor could make an international return for Zimbabwe against the West Indies next month.
Taylor parted ways with English County, Nottinghamshire Cricket Club, yesterday citing family reasons. He had been attached to Nottinghamshire since 2015 on a three-year contract that was cut short.
Notts confirmed Taylor’s exit on its official website. Part of the notification read:
“Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club batsman Brendan Taylor is to return home to Zimbabwe with immediate effect.
“The 31-year-old has asked and been granted permission to be released from his contract – due to expire at the end of the 2017 season – for family reasons.”
However, the fact that Taylor would return home “with immediate effect” has given serious indications and leads that the batting maestro might be available for Zimbabwe’s upcoming home Tests against the West Indies.
Zimbabwe are set to host the West Indies for a two-match Test series at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo starting from October 21.
Since 2015, Zimbabwe Cricket chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani has been at the forefront of trying to lure back top players –frantic efforts that were complemented by chief selector Tatenda Taibu who has met Taylor and other players for discussions.
However, Taylor’s homecoming is something that might make ZC smile at a time they are working flat out to restore glow to the game.