Brendan Taylor last represented Zimbabwe in ICC World Cup 2015    Getty Images
Brendan Taylor last represented Zimbabwe in ICC World Cup 2015 Getty Images

Brendan Taylor last played for Zimbabwe in the 2015 World Cup. He was their highest run-scorer with back-to-back centuries. But Zimbabwe cricket suffered a severe jolt when Taylor signed a Kolpak deal and left for English county team Nottinghamshire. However, he has now left the county and returned back home on personal grounds. As a result, Taylor will also be available for selection in the national side for their future endeavours. Taylor, in particular, wasn’t impressed with the way Zimbabwe cricket was flourishing during his exit, but improved governance under Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) Chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani instilled confidence in the former skipper.

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) was pleased to announce that following the end of his contract with and release with Nottinghamshire, ZC has formally contracted Taylor to play domestic and international cricket in and for Zimbabwe. Commenting on the development, Zimbabwe head coach Heath Streak said, “I am elated to have Brendan Taylor back in a Zimbabwe jersey. We welcome him back and we are looking forward to him making a big difference for us and spending the rest of his playing career in his country of birth.”

According to Cricbuzz, Taylor said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Trent Bridge where I have made some fantastic friends among the dressing room and Club staff during the three seasons I have been here,” Taylor, who was the club’s first ever batsman to register centuries in his first two games, stated on Thursday. “Winning two trophies for Notts in these past few months, including one at Lord’s, has been a real highlight in my career, and given me moments that I will never forget. But being away from my wife and children has proven to be very difficult for me and I have reached a point in my life where I must consider their needs.”

On his exit, Director of Cricket Mick Newell said, “We are obviously disappointed to lose Brendan given the significant impact he has had, but we also respect his wishes in relation to his family. I know he has given many Members and spectators great pleasure with some of the superb innings he has played and we wish him every future success.”