Taibu to resume his cricketing career afresh

Published: Thursday, December 1, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Former Zimbabwe cricket captain Tatenda Taibu has said he is heading to Bangladesh to resume his cricketing career.

The 22-year-old, who resigned the national captaincy last week in protest at the alleged mal-administration of Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) chairman Peter Chingoka and managing director Ozias Bvute, is due to leave Zimbabwe on Sunday, to play club cricket in Dhaka.

However, the wicket-keeper also told the Cricinfo.com website that he would return to international cricket provided certain changes were made.

"It would not take long if the right people are put in place, because some players who left are willing to come back if Bvute and Chingoka leave. I would be glad to come back and play."

Taibu has called for the removal of Bvute and Chingoka "because they are trying to bring in people like Themba Mliswa (the man who allegedly made threats against Taibu) and Tavengwa Mukuhlani (another of their supporters) onto the board, and we all understand that they are wrong for Zimbabwe Cricket.

"There are also other aspects that people will get to understand when they are exposed."

Taibu added he was proud of the stand taken by team-mates in speaking out against the current administration, while hinting that substantial changes could be on the way.

"I am really proud of the decision made by my team-mates, such decisions are not made by cowards and it shows there is team spirit.

"I met with Gideon Gono, the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, and he understands the situation and I believe he will do something really special.

"I am not allowed to say much, but all I can say is that I have faith that he will do something."

He stressed that without change the future was bleak for cricket in Zimbabwe.

"If the stand-off continues, I am afraid to say there will be no cricket to talk about in this country, we all know that it will die.

"That effectively means we won't be able to field a team in the West Indies (Zimbabwe's next scheduled tour is to the Carribbean in May)."

But despite his commitments in Bangladesh, Taibu said he'd no intention of following other former players into permanent exile.

"I love my country and the only time I will leave is when I am going to play cricket," he said.

Taibu who is little under five feet (1.5 metres) and arguably Zimbabwe cricket's most successful black player, became international cricket's youngest captain at 20 in April last year after he was thrust into the captaincy following a race row that led to the axing of former skipper Heath Streak.

The row led the ZC to sack a total of 15 senior players, all white, and sparked a chain of events that saw Zimbabwe temporarily suspended from Test cricket.

Zimbabwe cricket has been in crisis ever since and their performances have been so poor that both England and Australia have refused to play Test matches against them.

Recently sacked Zimbabwe national coach Phil Simmons, the former West Indies batsman, and a friend of Taibu's has arranged for the keeper to go to England next year to play club cricket.

Taibu has played 24 Tests for Zimbabwe, scoring 1,273 runs at an average of 29.6 with 52 dismissals, and 84 One-day internationals, making 1,410 runs at 25.17.

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