Taibu~~s retirement a financially-motivated move

Published: Thursday, December 1, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Harare:Zimbabwe Cricket has issued a statement regarding the sudden retirement of Tatenda Taibu, claiming it is suprised at his decision and pigeonholing it as a financially-motivated move. The statement follows.

"Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has received with surprise the statement by Tatenda Taibu.

"Only yesterday he was in a meeting with the ZC managing director, Mr Ozias Bvute, and the general manager of human Resources, Mr Wilfred Mukondiwa, talking about his leaving the country on Friday to play for the Western Province Cobras in South Africa.

"The facility had been arranged for him by the ZC managing director and his South African counterpart to enable Taibu to get more experience and exposure in a tough domestic competition, like his counterpart Andy Blignaut who is with the Highveld Strikers in Gauteng.

"However, Taibu said he would only go if he got the contract he wanted from ZC. His requirements included a net figure of 262 million Zimbabwean dollars (2225) a month, plus match fees and other perks.

"When he was told that ZC found his package unsustainable, Taibu insisted that we had to match what he was being offered under the Kolpak rules abroad.

"On the threats against him and his family, ZC has always supported Taibu throughout this period by offering him resources and facilities to make him feel more comfortable.

"We are also on record to the players' representative, denouncing violence on and off the field as this is against the spirit of cricket.

"However, we would like to put on record our appreciation and gratitude for the sterling effort Taibu has put into local cricket as a player, and for the way he has led the Zimbabwe team as captain, winning acclaim at home and abroad."

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