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Former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor has signed a new contract with Zimbabwe Cricket after opting out of his deal with Nottinghamshire for family reasons.
Taylor will spend 10 days with his family before participating in training camps ahead of Zimbabwe’s matches against the Netherlands, Pakistan A and the West Indies.
If all goes according to plan, Taylor, who retired from international cricket after the 2015 World Cup, could make his comeback in the two-Test series against the men from the Caribbean next month.
Given how much of an impact Taylor had with the bat, Zimbabwe’s convener of selectors Tatenda Taibu is confident that he will have no problem getting back into the national team.
“Anyone who knows cricket knows Brendan Taylor is a quality player,” Taibu told ESPNcricinfo. “We don’t need to see much. We have been following his performances and we know how he has been doing on the county circuit. We’re looking forward to having him back.”
After retiring in 2015, Taylor signed a Kolpak deal with Nottinghamshire, but his wife and four kids remained in Zimbabwe, which ended up taking a toll on him.
While this was one of the reasons why he decided to come back to Zimbabwe, the other major factor was the fact that Zimbabwe Cricket appointed Heath Streak as head coach.
“Part of the reason Brendan was interested in coming back was that over the last six months, Zimbabwe Cricket has taken a fresh approach on and off the field. We have made significant progress administration wise,” Faisal Hasnain, Zimbabwe Cricket’s managing director, said.
Upon learning that Taylor was interested in coming home, Taibu began to contact him and explained that the financial situation for players was getting better. This was the third incentive that led to Taylor leaving Nottinghamshire.
“That side of our organisation is running well. We are prioritising what we need to pay,” Hasnain said. “I’m sure Brendan would have spoken not just to us but with other players in the system as well.”