Taylor schedules wedding during IPL after believing he would not get a contract

Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo

“I am going to have to ask very nicely for two days off so I can come back and get married, otherwise maybe I won’t have a fiancée to marry anymore”

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor has admitted that he made a huge mistake by scheduling his wedding during the Indian Premier League (IPL), but stated that he did so since he was not expecting to attract any bids during the auction.

Taylor was originally planning to get married to Kelly Anne Readings on March 29, but moved it to April 29 since the initial date clashed with the World Twenty20 tournament.

“First we had the date as March 29 and that was before the World T20 fixtures were announced,” Taylor told ESPNcricinfo. “Then we saw that if Zimbabwe go past the group stage it will clash with the wedding, so we didn’t want to take that risk.

“I didn’t think I would get an IPL deal so I thought April was safe. I am going to have to ask very nicely for two days off so I can come back and get married, otherwise maybe I won’t have a fiancée to marry anymore. And the honeymoon can wait. I really didn’t think I’d get anywhere near the IPL.”

Taylor initially believed that he had not been bought at the player auction, but a few hours later, he realised that the Sunrisers Hyderabad had actually made a bid for him.

In order to ensure his wedding goes ahead as planned, Taylor revealed that he has already sent an email to Tom Moody, who will be the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s head coach.

“I just sent him an email to say ‘Thank you for putting yourself on the line for me and believing in me’,” Taylor said.

However, Taylor is also determined to show what he is capable of, and said: “I really just want to prove myself as a player. Tom has constructed the squad very carefully and it will be interesting to see how we all fit in.”

But, Taylor will struggle to be selected as one of the three foreigners the Sunrisers can use since they also picked up and retained other international stars like David Warner, Aaron Finch, Darren Sammy and Dale Steyn.

Despite being bought for just under US$50,000, Taylor conceded that he does not know what he will do with the money.

However, what he is sure about is bringing Readings and his son Mason to India so that they can watch him play in the IPL.

“Money is always nice to have but I don’t really know what I’m going to do with it or anything,” he said. “I’m sure Kelly and the kids would love to come over, we’ll see how it goes.”

Leave a Reply