Latest Cricket News: Former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor’s bombshell admission about a spot-fixing approach by an Indian businessman drew a poker reference from veteran Indian cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday.
Taylor used Twitter on Monday to announce a bribe from an “Indian businessman” in October 2019 to “talk sponsorships and the prospective introduction of a T20 league in Zimbabwe.”
Ashwin reacted to the news by tweeting, “Educate the public!! The majority of the time, the poker hand dealt with us at the table provides us with the option to bet or fold!! It’s critical to fold and depart from the table! Brendan and his family deserve all the luck in the world.”
Spread the awareness!! Most times the hand dealt to us at the poker table gives us an option to bet or fold!! Its important to fold and leave the table! All strength to Brendan and his family🙏 https://t.co/FqsvTd4ao7
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) January 24, 2022
He also confessed in his Twitter message that there was substance usage during the meeting, which led to him being reportedly blackmailed, and that the ICC may “impose a multi-year ban” on his career for the delay in reporting the incident, but that he only did so to protect his family.
“I was approached by an Indian businessman in late October 2019 who requested that I travel to India to discuss sponsorships and the prospective introduction of a T20 competition in Zimbabwe, and I was told that I would be paid USD 15,000 to make the trip. I can’t say I wasn’t a little nervous,” said Taylor.
“However, the timing was such that we hadn’t been paid by Zimbabwe cricket for six months, and it was unclear whether Zimbabwe would be able to continue playing in the international competition.
“It took me four months to submit this crime and interaction to the International Criminal Court,” he added. “I realise this was an excessively long period of time, but I believed I could safeguard everyone, especially my family. I went to the ICC on my own terms, hoping that if I described my situation, which included a genuine worry for our safety and well-being, they would understand the delay.”
Taylor, who announced his retirement in September after a 17-year international career, confirmed that he had never been involved in any form of match-fixing. “I’m a lot of things, but I’m not a cheater. My passion for the great game of cricket far transcends and outperforms any threats that may be directed at me,” he stated.
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