Taibu slams ZC, urges player unity

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By Sports Reporter

OUTSPOKEN former Zimbabwe captain and convener of selectors has urged national team players to unite against local cricket administrators following the axing of wicketkeeper batsman Brendan Taylor.

Taylor was omitted from the Zimbabwe squad to play Australia and Pakistan in a triangular Twenty20 series starting 1 July for spearheading efforts to revive a players’ representative body to safeguard their welfare and secure outstanding wages and match fees.

In an apparent response to the bid to resurrecting a players’ union, ZC dropped Taylor from the squad.

Four other senior players, former captain Graeme Cremer, batsman Craig Ervine and all-rounders Sikandar Raza and Sean Williams have declared their availability but insist they must first be paid outstanding wages and tour fees from the recent Sri Lanka series.

Taibu, who was sacked along with coach Heath Streak and Cremer when Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the 2019 World Cup, says Taylor – who ended a Kolpak agreement to return to Zimbabwe last September.

In a series of tweets, he encouraged senior players and juniors from his academy to join to stand by Taylor.

“When are you ever going to stand up for principle? When are you ever going to show youngsters the right way?” he wrote.

“Surely you can’t tell me that you haven’t been seeing what’s been happening. Earn some respect for standing for the right thing.”

Pointing directly at one of the senior players in the squad, Hamilton Masakadza, Taibu said: “Hamilton has a chance to do something credible by rallying the troops to stand with @BrendanTaylor86. Let’s see how he wants to be remembered by the cricket world.”

To the younger players from his Rising Stars Academy squad Brandon Mavuta, Blessing Muzarabani, Tarisai Musakanda, Rugare Magarire and Tinashe Kamumhukamwe, Taibu said: “I never taught u to be divided.

“I taught u principles. @BrendanTaylor86 needs u 2 (sic) stand with him. u’re (sic) the ones who’ll benefit from his stand. If u’re (sic) divided, u’ll (sic) finish your career and have nothing to show for it.”