Brendan Taylor handed three-and-a-half-year ban from all forms of cricket

Former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor has been punished by the International Cricket Council for delayed reporting of a spot-fixing plot.

The 35-year-old admitted to breaching five ICC changes, including four Anti-Corruption Codes and one breach of the Anti-Doping Code. 

Taylor, who retired from international cricket last September, will not be involved in the sport again until June 28, 2025.

Alex Marshall, who is the ICC's general manager of the integrity unit, said: "Brendan is a former international captain who represented Zimbabwe for 17 years.

"Over such a long career, he participated in numerous anti-corruption and anti-doping education sessions and knew exactly what his obligations were under the ICC Anti-Corruption and Anti-Doping Codes.

"It is disappointing that a player of his experience chose not to fulfil those obligations, however he has accepted all charges, which has been reflected in the sanction.

"I would echo Brendan's message to other players to report approaches as soon as they happen so any corrupt activity can be disrupted at the earliest possible opportunity. We wish Brendan well in his rehabilitation."

Nottinghamshire's Brendan Taylor bats during the Specsavers County Championship, Division Two match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

Taylor tested positive for the stimulant called Benzoylecognine following Zimbabwe's one-day international with Ireland last September.

The player accepted a one-month period of ineligibility for violating the Anti-Doping Code. Nevertheless, the match with Ireland proved to be the last of his international career.

Taylor, who lists Nottinghamshire as one of his former clubs, also alleged a group of Indian businessman attempted to blackmail him in October 2019 after they had taken photographs of him taking cocaine.

While the right-hander batter insisted he did not spot-fix, he also admitted to not reporting the incident to the ICC for four months.

In a statement published on Twitter on Monday, Taylor wrote: "I would like to place on record that I have never been involved in any form of match-fixing. I may be many things but I am not a cheat.

"My love for the beautiful game of cricket far outweighs and surpasses any threats which could be thrown my way.

"As a result of approaching the ICC I attended multiple interviews and engagements and was as honest and transparent as I could be during their investigations.

"Inside and outside I was beating myself up and I still wish I had sought support and advice earlier for a multitude of reasons.

"That being said, the ICC are taking the decision to impose a multi-year ban on my international cricketing career. I humbly accept this decision and only hope that my story will be used as a means of encouragement for cricketers to report any approaches early."

In Taylor's statement earlier this week, he revealed he would check into a rehabilitation centre on Tuesday to tackle his substance abuse issues.

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