Cash rewards pushed Taylor to desert Zim

Former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor has said better monetary rewards in County Cricket in the UK influenced his decision to quit international cricket.

BBCSport/Staff writer

The 29-year old resigned from Zimbabwe Cricket after he was offered a three-year Kolpak deal at Notts County while representing the country at the 2015 ICC World Cup.

The BBC suggests that Taylor earned just US$250 for his efforts in Australia and New Zealand where he finished as the fourth highest run scorer with 433 runs.

The story has generated a lot of interest. Zimbabwe players were however paid US$650 000 which was to be shared among the 15 players who travelled to Australia and New Zealand.

The players had a public spat minutes before they departed for the World Cup tournament over the formula for sharing the cash.

The dispute mainly centred on four senior players, including Taylor. Taylor had proposed to share about half of the total among senior players, with the rest allocated to the 11 other players.

But Taylor could have earned above US$100 000 for the tournament.
“It is every international player’s dream to put on their country’s shirt, that is why we play the sport,” he told BBCSport.

“But our careers do not last forever and I want to go and play in a great set-up, which Notts has provided for me.

“It was not an easy decision, but I guess every player would be lying if they say they are not trying to maximise on potential earnings.”

Taylor was one of the highest paid players in the Zimbabwe national team earning no less than US$7 000 per month, but his contract at Notts County would far exceed those figures.

Taylor expressed his pleasure at the new contract.

“You are faced with difficult challenges and choices, but it is a positive one that I have taken,” added Taylor, named the 12th man in the ICC’s World Cup Team of the Tournament, having scored an impressive 121 off 91 balls against Ireland, and finishing with an average of 72.16.

“It has been a special 11 years but I had to think about my family and my future.

“I am excited about being able to play a lot of cricket, playing in a very professional environment and with wonderful facilities.”
He also revealed that he decided to leave when Zimbabwe toured Bangladesh last year where they lost all matches, as he struggled for form.

“We were on tour in Bangladesh and I struggled, we all did as a team, and the enjoyment factor went out of the window a little bit,” he said.

“That is when I thought this is the end and I spoke to an agent and made sure I had a plan B in place. I just thought time was running out for me.”

The right-hander is not ruling out a return to Zimbabwe after his current deal expires, but as long as he gets an extension or a new deal elsewhere, that is unlikely.

“You never know what the future holds,” he said.

Fast bowler Kyle Jarvis also left on the same Kolpak arrangement but has found the going tough at Lancashire.