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Taylor retires from Zimbabwe cricket, signs deal with Kolpak

ADELAIDE: Zimbabwe’s star wicketkeeper cum batsman Brandon Taylor has decided to leave Zimbabwe as he sign Kolpak deal with Nottinghamshire.

The batsman would play his last match for Zimbabwe when he takes on the defending champions India in their last Group match of World Cup on Saturday.

Taylor has signed a three-year Kolpak deal with Nottinghamshire, subject to ECB approval, which makes him ineligible to play for Zimbabwe while that contract is in effect. On the eve of the India match, Taylor tweeted he had “decided to retire from ZC”.

Taylor’s availability for Nottinghamshire will be confirmed following the World Cup. He could also go on to qualify for England.

Calling the decision the biggest one he has had to make, Taylor said he was sad to leave Zimbabwe cricket but had made the choice with his family in mind.

Taylor is the second Zimbabwe player to go Kolpak after the Test comeback. Kyle Jarvis signed for Lancashire in August 2013. Sources close to the Zimbabwe side said players have taken the news “surprisingly well” after learning that Taylor that would be moving on.

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