Shocking revelation of Zimbabwe cricketer Brendan Taylor: “Indian businessman drugged me and blackmailed to engage in spot-fixing”

Brendan Taylor’s confession only proves that match-fixing and its variants are alive and well

Brendan Taylor’s confession only proves that match-fixing and its variants are alive and well
Brendan Taylor’s confession only proves that match-fixing and its variants are alive and well

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This incident again proves that fixing in Cricket is alive and kicking

Taylor confesses to accepting money

Zimbabwe cricket player Brendan Taylor on Monday came out with a shocking revelation that he was intoxicated with cocaine by an Indian businessman during his India visit and blackmailed him with videos of his inebriated condition and demanded to engage in match-fixing. In a detailed four-page letter uploaded on social media, Taylor said he confessed to the International Cricket Conference (ICC) and is going to face ICC action and go to a rehabilitation center.

“In late October 2019, I was approached by an Indian businessman requesting that I attend India to discuss sponsorship and potential launch of a T20 competition in Zimbabwe and was advised that I could be paid US$ 15,000 to make the journey. ….. We had drinks and during the course of the evening they openly offered me cocaine, which they themselves engaged in, and I foolishly took the bait. I’ve gone over it a million times since and still feel sick to my stomach reliving that night and how they played me,” said Taylor.

The next morning…

The cricketer said the next morning “the same men stormed “ into his hotel room and showed a video taken the previous night and told him that if he did not spot fix at international matches for them, the video would be released to the public. Without naming anyone, Taylor said there were six men to threaten him and they gave him US$15,000 and promised an additional US$20,000 after completing the job. “I took the money so I could get on a plane and leave India. I felt I had no choice at the time because saying no was clearly not an option. All I knew was I had to get out of there,” he said.

Taylor said that after this incident he was suffering from stress which severely impacted his mental and physical health. “The ‘businessman’ wanted a return on his investment which I could not and would not give. It took me four months to report this offence and interaction to the ICC,” said Taylor, adding that ICC is going to impose a multi-year ban on him.

“And so, I would like to let you know that on Tuesday the 25th of January I am checking into a rehabilitation center to get clean and to get my life back on track,” said Taylor in his four-page long letter on the incident he faced from the Indian betting syndicate in cricket.

The detailed letter of Brendan Taylor can be read here:

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