Brendon Taylor     AFP
Brendon Taylor AFP

Brendon Taylor is back in the Zimbabwe international team after playing County Cricket in England for three years. Taylor had signed a three-year Kolpak deal with Nottinghamshire , after the 2015 World Cup. In an interview with Cricbuzz, Taylor talks about how he always wanted to return to Zimbabwe and contribute towards the game.

“It was always difficult to leave in the beginning and do my three years in England. But I always knew at the back of my mind that I wanted to return to Zimbabwean cricket. I am 31 years old now and still got some years left in me. But England helped me in many ways. I have just tried to return to Zimbabwe team and put into practice what I have learnt there. Hopefully, I can contribute in many ways,” said Taylor.

When asked about chief selector, Tatenda Taibu’s role in changing his mind on signing the Kolpak deal, Taylor clarified, “He did in the beginning but at the end of the day, it was I who took the decision. I had really given a good thought on what I really wanted to do and achieve. So it was me, my agent and the managing director and chairman of Zimbabwean cricket that actually finalise everything. Tatenda got the going in the beginning but basically the negotiations finished with Heath Streak, managing director and chairman and that was it,” he added.

Zimbabwe pulled out off a thrilling victory against Sri Lanka in the Bangladesh Tri Nation series on January 17. Zimbabwe, thus have kept themselves alive in the tournament with the victory.

“It is very positive, especially after the win against Sri Lanka and more so [after] coming from the defeat against Bangladesh, [it] put us in good stead. It is always nice to have a win under your belt,” said Taylor.

Zimbabwe next play Sri Lanka on January 21 at Shere Bangla National Stadium.