Tatenda Taibu quits international cricket at 29

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Updated: Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 12:53 [IST]
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Taibu quits cricket at 29

Harare, Jul 10: Zimbabwe wicket-keeper batsman Tatenda Taibu announced his retirement as he had to focus on working for the church.

The 29 year old cricketer put an end to his 11 year international career, citing an unusual reason that he had to focus on working for the church which made him take this decision to retire from international cricket while he was just 29, generally considered to be cricketer's prime.

"I just feel that my true calling now lies in doing the Lord's work," said Taibu.

"Although I am fortunate and proud to have played for my country, the time has come for me to put my entire focus on that part of my life," he added.

The youngest Test captain, represented Zimbabwe in 28 Tests and 150 ODIs was also named in the provisional squad for ICC World T20 in September.

Taibu, the best glovesman of Zimbabwean cricket, as told by Andy Flower, his mentor made his debut for Zimbabwe at the age of 18 in 2001, and was selector's first choice as he had the determination to excel in all aspects of the game.

Due to threats against his family, he stepped down as captain and also quit the national team in 2005. Later he shifted to South Africa in order to make himself eligible to play cricket for Proteas but since issues with the board was sorted, Taibu made a comeback in 2007.

Match-winning knock in 2005, is still considered to be Taibu's best, as he made 85* and 153 against Bangladesh to help his team draw the Test match.

Taibu known for his outspoken nature, had slammed the board for not promoting cricket in the country in 2011.

Being picked as Andy Flower's successor while he was just 18, Taibu tried hard to fulfil the expectations but failed to reach the heights as Flower still remains to be the best wicket-keeper Zimbabwe ever produced, as he has effected more dismissals than Taibu or any other ODI wicket-keeper for Zimbabwe.

But the 29 year old cricketer tried hard to lift the standards of Zimbabwean cricket as the team had a few very good players but due to lack of support from the board, players were forced to compromise.

With Taibu's retirement, it remains to be seen if any other player can reach the heights explored by the 29 year old, as he has set a few landmarks too.


Story first published:  Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 10:27 [IST]
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