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Taibu bounces back to play in Sri Lanka

Post by Dr_Situ(ZimFanatic) » Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:10 am

FORMER Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu will make a return to top-class cricket at the age of 35 after signing for a yet-to-be-named Sri Lankan domestic team ahead of the forthcoming first-class season.

It is yet another interesting twist in the life of Taibu, who quit international cricket in 2012 aged just 29, to focus on church work.

A devout Christian and ardent preacher, Taibu—who played 28 Tests, 150 One-Day Internationals and 17 Twenty20s for Zimbabwe—vowed not to have anything to do with cricket again, as he was busy ministering.

But the youngest Test captain in history made a surprise return to the game in 2016 after accepting the position of Zimbabwe’s convener of selectors, saying it was God’s wish that he did so.

Earlier in 2016, Taibu had made his initial comeback as a player after signing for Liverpool and District team Hightown St Mary’s in the United Kingdom.

Speaking to BBC Radio Merseyside, Highway publicist Nick Gordon said Taibu approached the club after they had advertised for an overseas player for the summer.

“It’s not every day that a club like Hightown St Mary’s signs a player like Tatenda,” Gordon said.

“I had to do a double take, it was so unusual. We put out an advert for young players but he said ‘I’m not a young player, I’m a retired Test cricketer.’

“This guy has played at an incredibly high standard of cricket and we are happy to take the risk. Even if he hasn’t picked up a bat since 2012, he will be more than sufficient for our needs this summer.”

“It’s not every day that a club like Hightown St Mary’s signs a player like Tatenda,” Gordon said.

“I had to do a double take, it was so unusual. We put out an advert for young players but he said ‘I’m not a young player, I’m a retired Test cricketer.’

“This guy has played at an incredibly high standard of cricket and we are happy to take the risk. Even if he hasn’t picked up a bat since 2012, he will be more than sufficient for our needs this summer.”

During his stay in England, Taibu launched the Rising Stars Academy, which recruited young Zimbabwean players for training and life mentoring in the UK.

One of the players, 21-year-old fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani, has since been lost to the Zimbabwe team after signing a three-year Kolpak deal with county side Northamptonshire.

Taibu was sacked as Zimbabwe’s chief selector in April alongside coach Heath Streak and captain Graeme Cremer after the failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup in England.
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Re: Taibu bounces back to play in Sri Lanka

Post by Mueddie28 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:57 am

Dr_Situ(ZimFanatic) wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:10 am
FORMER Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu will make a return to top-class cricket at the age of 35 after signing for a yet-to-be-named Sri Lankan domestic team ahead of the forthcoming first-class season.

It is yet another interesting twist in the life of Taibu, who quit international cricket in 2012 aged just 29, to focus on church work.

A devout Christian and ardent preacher, Taibu—who played 28 Tests, 150 One-Day Internationals and 17 Twenty20s for Zimbabwe—vowed not to have anything to do with cricket again, as he was busy ministering.

But the youngest Test captain in history made a surprise return to the game in 2016 after accepting the position of Zimbabwe’s convener of selectors, saying it was God’s wish that he did so.

Earlier in 2016, Taibu had made his initial comeback as a player after signing for Liverpool and District team Hightown St Mary’s in the United Kingdom.

Speaking to BBC Radio Merseyside, Highway publicist Nick Gordon said Taibu approached the club after they had advertised for an overseas player for the summer.

“It’s not every day that a club like Hightown St Mary’s signs a player like Tatenda,” Gordon said.

“I had to do a double take, it was so unusual. We put out an advert for young players but he said ‘I’m not a young player, I’m a retired Test cricketer.’

“This guy has played at an incredibly high standard of cricket and we are happy to take the risk. Even if he hasn’t picked up a bat since 2012, he will be more than sufficient for our needs this summer.”

“It’s not every day that a club like Hightown St Mary’s signs a player like Tatenda,” Gordon said.

“I had to do a double take, it was so unusual. We put out an advert for young players but he said ‘I’m not a young player, I’m a retired Test cricketer.’

“This guy has played at an incredibly high standard of cricket and we are happy to take the risk. Even if he hasn’t picked up a bat since 2012, he will be more than sufficient for our needs this summer.”

During his stay in England, Taibu launched the Rising Stars Academy, which recruited young Zimbabwean players for training and life mentoring in the UK.

One of the players, 21-year-old fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani, has since been lost to the Zimbabwe team after signing a three-year Kolpak deal with county side Northamptonshire.

Taibu was sacked as Zimbabwe’s chief selector in April alongside coach Heath Streak and captain Graeme Cremer after the failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup in England.
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Re: Taibu bounces back to play in Sri Lanka

Post by eugene » Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:14 am

Get him in the team!
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Post by ZIMDOGGY » Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:17 am

Well I guess we have NickG here to give us the scoop! According to the article.
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Post by CrimsonAvenger » Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:22 am

I wonder how Taibu would feel about the decisions he has taken over the years through his career when he sits down contemplating at the age of 50. Of course the threats to his life and such things played their part, but he has shown himself to be resilient. He could have channeled the resilience to keep making comebacks to the national team. Leaving in 2012 for the "calling" was really bizarre - to do that at the peak of your prowess.

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Post by ZIMDOGGY » Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:11 am

CrimsonAvenger wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:22 am
I wonder how Taibu would feel about the decisions he has taken over the years through his career when he sits down contemplating at the age of 50. Of course the threats to his life and such things played their part, but he has shown himself to be resilient. He could have channeled the resilience to keep making comebacks to the national team. Leaving in 2012 for the "calling" was really bizarre - to do that at the peak of your prowess.
has he ?

he chucked it all in months before a world cup. Supposedly sold his tv etc for God.

He could have played and preached to a world stage.

Not that i believe the official line of his retirement.
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Re: Taibu bounces back to play in Sri Lanka

Post by CrimsonAvenger » Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:30 am

Taibu kept wickets and got a half century on his FC return in SL: http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8830 ... -a-2018-19

Not bad. He now has 299 career FC catches (to go with 30 stumpings).

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Re: Taibu bounces back to play in Sri Lanka

Post by TapsC » Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:52 am

He quits for religious reasons then pitches up playing in the UK. ZC offers to get him back and he doesnt take a playing role as he still has church work but he takes an admin role.

He falls out with ZC then suddenly he is playing FC cricket again because his son wants to see him play. Like he couldnt see him play club cricket in the UK.. So if his son says wants to see him play for his country again what would he tell him? That he has to start his religious work again?

Sounds like a hypocrite to me. Just like when he was encouraging the rising stars to boycott ZC yet when Andy Flower asked him to take a stand he refused.

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Post by ZIMDOGGY » Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:55 am

TapsC wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:52 am
He quits for religious reasons then pitches up playing in the UK. ZC offers to get him back and he doesnt take a playing role as he still has church work but he takes an admin role.

He falls out with ZC then suddenly he is playing FC cricket again because his son wants to see him play. Like he couldnt see him play club cricket in the UK.. So if his son says wants to see him play for his country again what would he tell him? That he has to start his religious work again?

Sounds like a hypocrite to me. Just like when he was encouraging the rising stars to boycott ZC yet when Andy Flower asked him to take a stand he refused.
I’m finding I am nodding my head in agreement more and more with you these days.

Taibu is more myth than reality.
He talks a big game but his actions always contradict his words and stances he takes. When has he ever truly put Zim cricket ahead of himself?
He’s just another type of double speaking ZC associate.
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BORN: 13 June 1967, Harare
KNOWN AS: Gus Mackay

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Sportsman.
Artist.
Player.

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Post by tawac » Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:59 pm

TapsC wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:52 am
He quits for religious reasons then pitches up playing in the UK. ZC offers to get him back and he doesnt take a playing role as he still has church work but he takes an admin role.

He falls out with ZC then suddenly he is playing FC cricket again because his son wants to see him play. Like he couldnt see him play club cricket in the UK.. So if his son says wants to see him play for his country again what would he tell him? That he has to start his religious work again?

Sounds like a hypocrite to me. Just like when he was encouraging the rising stars to boycott ZC yet when Andy Flower asked him to take a stand he refused.
Damn right the dude is a hypocrite. Seems to think the world revolves around him.
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