KINGPIN Zimbabwe batsman, Brendan Taylor (left), nearly quit the team last month, but the danger is not fully averted until Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) grants him leave to play overseas, his father has said.
Graham Taylor said his son, the 22-year-old Zimbabwe wicketkeeper-batsman, is still negotiating with ZC officials to be allowed to take up one of two offers at clubs in England and Holland.
Two months ago Taylor and other ZC-contracted players were ordered not to miss Zimbabweâ€™s domestic competitions.
Graham said: “Itâ€™s a bad business decision not to allow these kids to go overseas. Itâ€™s beneficial to the player and to Zimbabwe cricket at large. Everyone knows India is not coming and we donâ€™t know when the next series is, so it makes sense for the guys to go overseas.
“As for Brendan, he understands that his country comes first, he is a patriotic young man. But he is keen to go and play overseas and should have been at his club by now. The people there have been patient about his delay. We are not making threats, but if he canâ€™t get leave he will be forced to resign.”
Brendan is one of the best of the current crop of Zimbabwe batsmen and one of a handful with world-class potential.
He is known for performing batting heroics.
Last September he masterminded a famous win over Australia in a Twenty20 World Cup match in South Africa with a magnificent 60 not out.
By Enock Muchinjo