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-Kanika Agarwal, MBA 2014-16, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur.
Zimbabwe wicketkeeper-batsman Brendon Taylor has concluded his 11 year long career with a classy century against India in CWC 39th league match at Eden Park Stadium, New Zealand on 14th march, 2015.
Taylor has signed the Kolpak deal with County cricket team, Nottinghamshire on 12th March-2015, subject to England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) approval, which makes him ineligible to play for Zimbabwe while that contract is in effect. Initially he made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka on 20th April, 2004 and have had scored a mighty 5258 runs in 166 innings he has played till date.
“For him, the politics of playing sport in Zimbabwe was secondary to the actual playing and he did not have any real reason to leave. In 2004, during the white-player walkout, Taylor was just out of high school, too young to fully understand the undercurrents but old enough to know playing international cricket was a big deal and the chance to do so was on his doorstep. He stayed.” quoted by Firdose Moonda in an article published by ESPNcricinfo on 13th March, 2015.
Taylor even stayed when Zimbabwe was thrown into turmoil. Salaries were not paid and economy lost so much money that probably cricket was the last thing they could think about. Later Kyle Jarvis and Craig Ervine signed the Kolpak, citing financial security as a major reason for their decision. Graeme Creamer also quit cricket for golf.
Amid his son Mason was born, and his ups and downs continued. He discussed the situation with his wife Kelly before he took decision to sign the Kolpak with County team.
“It hasn’t been an easy decision to make,” Taylor said. “It’s something that I discussed with my family and my wife, and after two-three months of doing that, I decided to go and play in England. I think all players tend to try and maximize a little bit. When you’ve got kids at home, you want to try and make sure they’ve got the best sort of upbringing that you can give them. That all sort of favored the decision. I just want to go there and try to better myself as a cricketer, and at the end of the day, we’re all trying to provide for families, and to me that’s very important.” as quoted by ESPNcricinfo in an article published on 13th March,2015.
After the press conference, Taylor said “I’ve always been very passionate about playing for Zimbabwe, I still am. I sat down with my wife and we decided to make this decision together. I feel very sad about it but at the same time very excited to be a part of one of the better county sides in England. They’ve welcomed me with open arms and I’m looking forward to cementing a good relationship with them over the next three years,” as quoted by The Hindu in an article on 12th March,2015.
Now the situation is a big question on the strategic planning of Zimbabwe, where economy is going through a big turmoil and their cricket players are leaving the country because of the financial crunches they are facing.