Brendan Taylor set to return for 2nd Test against Pakistan

Brendan Taylor missed the first Test against Pakistan due to the birth of his first child © AFP

Sep 07, 2013
 
Zimbabwe’s regular captain Brendan Taylor is likely to play in the second Test against Pakistan at Harare from September 10. Taylor missed out on the opening Test of the two-match series due to the birth of his first child.
 
The second Test match was earlier rescheduled to be played in Harare from Bulawayo.
 
“I missed the first Test because of new arrival in the family. However, I am hopeful of playing the next Test”, he was quoted as saying by Pakistan Observer.
 
“My wife gave birth to a first baby-boy and both are fine”, he added.
 
Despite not participating in the first Test, Taylor has been keeping an eye on the team’s performance.
 
“I am happy with the team’s lead in the first Test,” he said.
 
However, the destiny of the second Test depends on whether the cricketers will get their dues on time from the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC).
 
“We have been promised [by the employers] to get our payments on Friday and hopefully, if everything goes well, the players would play the second Test”.
 
The Zimbabwe board has been facing financial problems and the second Test was shifted to Harare to save travel expenses.
 
The 28-year-old skipper was nominated as the vice-president of the players’ association.
 
“The board has not opposed the formation of the players’ association and we hope it to be recognized by them”, he added.
 
Hamilton Masakadza, who led the hosts in the first Test in Taylor’s absence, is the president of the players’ association and Prosper Utseya is the treasurer.
 
“The newly formed cricketers’ association in Zimbabwe is not the member at the moment but we hope at some stage they will be”, said Paul Marsh, CEO of the Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA).