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Ahmed_B
February 11, 2007, 08:44 AM
Board sponsor set to pay outstanding fees
Zimbabwe in bid to lure back Taibu

Cricinfo staff, February 11, 2007

Cricinfo has learned that Zimbabwe Cricket is making desperate last-ditch attempts to persuade Tatenda Taibu to play for them in the World Cup.

Although Taibu, who is playing for Namibia at the moment, was not included in the provisional 30-man squad, he could still be added as there is no obligation on boards to pick from within that group.

It is understood that while Zimbabwe Cricket is strapped for cash, it has reached a deal with one of its sponsors whereby they will pay the arrears owed to Taibu which is believed to be the main reason the player is refusing to return.

Taibu walked out in November 2005 after receiving threats against him and his family during a stand-off between the country's players and the board. At the time he walked away he was owed tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid match fees and these have never been handed over.

© Cricinfo

Link (http://content-ind.cricinfo.com/zimbabwe/content/current/story/279981.html)

akabir77
February 11, 2007, 09:36 AM
good for them and then brendon tylor will be droped. uchit shikha for hitting that six

TheWatcher
February 11, 2007, 07:51 PM
Eibar Taibur pa dore tanatani kore jodi kichu hoi....

Miraz
February 18, 2007, 11:21 AM
Taibu denies any contact with ZC and at the same time any chance to return .

From Cricinfo,

Taibu denies comeback rumours
Cricinfo staff
February 18, 2007
Tatenda Taibu has denied that he has been approached by anyone from Zimbabwe Cricket with a view to making a return to the side ahead of the World Cup.
Cricinfo learned from senior sources inside the board that attempts had been made to secure funds from sponsors to fund the payment of outstanding fees owing to Taibu which were believed to be the main obstacle to his return.
"That's not true, I haven't spoken to anyone in the Zim set-up," he told The Sunday Telegraph. He added that even if he had been contacted, he would not have considered the proposal. "Too much water has gone under the bridge for me to consider playing for Zimbabwe again."
It is thought that while Peter Chingoka, who did little at the time Taibu and his family were threatened, the incidents which led to him quitting the national team, remains at the helm of the board then Taibu will stay away.

Farhad
February 18, 2007, 05:07 PM
Kinda sad....Dont blame him though.

karimjay.
February 24, 2007, 11:46 PM
Taibu was really a class player.

pseudo_deshi
March 2, 2007, 07:16 PM
Class act - wasted really due to ugly politics.

TheWatcher
March 6, 2007, 12:29 AM
Well, Taibu has done well for Namibia in South African provincial league, he has become the fourth highest scorer in the FC league (stat (http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2006-07/RSA_LOCAL/UCB-PROV/STATS/RSA_UCB-PROV_AVS_BAT_MOST_RUNS.html)). By 2010, he will be eligible to play for either South Africa or Namibia, incase ZC don't sort themselves out by then. He probably can also petition ICC to let him play earlier for another country based on his situation.

Miraz
June 26, 2007, 09:18 AM
From Cricinfo (http://www.banglacricket.com/alochona/aibu%20in%20line%20for%20Zimbabwe%20comeback).

aibu in line for Zimbabwe comeback Steven Price in Harare
June 26, 2007
<table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="170"> <tbody><tr><td width="10"> http://img.cricinfo.com/spacer.gif
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</td></tr></tbody></table> </td></tr></tbody></table> Cricinfo can reveal that Tatenda Taibu, the former Zimbabwe captain, is talking to the board for a possible return to the Zimbabwe team.
Taibu walked out of Zimbabwe cricket in November 2005 after falling out with the Zimbabwe board, in particular chaiman Peter Chingoka and managing director Ozias Bvute, over player welfare and governance issues. He also claimed his family had been threatened.
He had stints in the UK and Namibia, where he never really established himself, and has periodically returned home. However, in the last month, Taibu has reportedly been training with the Zimbabwe team in Harare and looking very much involved in the thick of things, although at first he was just said to be practicising to stay in form.
But sources close to the player have revealed that he is engaged in talks with management and influential board directors, and chances are that if they agree terms, he will be drafted back into the team.
It is said Taibu has received support from most of the players who want him to be reinstated as captain.
I sincerely hope he returns to Zimbabwe and takes the captaincy.

Ganguly da
June 26, 2007, 09:33 AM
Zim is finished....period

israr
June 26, 2007, 05:25 PM
Is the return of Taibu the very first commencement of a new beginning for Zimbabwe? Time shall reveal everything!

ammark
June 26, 2007, 07:38 PM
Taibu is a victim of that country's overall politics. Zimbabwe is finished, Taibu or no Taibu

One World
June 26, 2007, 10:14 PM
Taibu should look forward his career in the carribean.

rah
June 27, 2007, 11:29 AM
wiv taibu in captaincy, zimbabwe cricket has finally began
dis is da new zimbabwe

Shafin
June 29, 2007, 09:40 AM
Taibu does not really make any difference.Yes,he does good bragging, but is he really a better batsman than Taylor?I dont think so,and his keeping is just international class,not something extraordinary.Zimbabwe lost it when Andy went away,they never found a class replacement.

rah
June 30, 2007, 03:23 PM
Taibu does not really make any difference.Yes,he does good bragging, but is he really a better batsman than Taylor?I dont think so,and his keeping is just international class,not something extraordinary.Zimbabwe lost it when Andy went away,they never found a class replacement.

yeh but is good to have two good batsmen in der team ie tayor and taibu
it will bolster der battin line up

sandpiper
July 6, 2007, 07:59 PM
ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed has said that he is unsure whether Zimbabwe will ever be able to resume playing Test cricket.

Zimbabwe's self-imposed suspension was continued after the ICC annual conference at Lord's last week, but Speed said that he didn't know "if Zimbabwe will ever be able to come back to Test cricket ...but our duty is to help their cricketers to play cricket to the highest standard."

source: http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/zimbabwe/content/story/300227.html

battye
July 6, 2007, 09:08 PM
Taibu would definitely give their lineup more strength. Perhaps more so in Tests than ODI's though.

ODI's

.......Mat Runs HS BatAv 100 50 W BB BowlAv 5w Ct St

Taylor 63 1601 98 28.08 0 11 8 3/54 28.00 0 39 12
Taibu 84 1410 96* 25.17 0 7 2 2/42 30.50 0 73 8
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Test's

.......Mat Runs HS BatAv 100 50 W BB BowlAv 5w Ct St

Taylor 10 422 78 21.10 0 3 0 - - 0 7 0
Taibu 24 1273 153 29.60 1 9 1 1/27 27.00 0 48 4



Taylor is severely underrated, although perhaps not by Bangladeshi's after that last ball 6!

Granted, he had a shocker of a World Cup, and has been in a run of bad form leading up to it (20.53 in his last 15 games), but the truth of the matter is he's only 21. In almost all other Test countries, at 21 he would be working his way up through the First Class ranks, bettering his game.

To better his game, he has to play international quality opposition, and his performances against the likes of South Africa, West Indies etc have been respectable.

Looking at the statistics above, his performances in ODI's have indeed been better than Taibu's. In all departments in fact; more 50's, higher average, more wickets, more stumpings... all in a shorter period of time. Perhaps Taylor is a better wicket keeper too? Also, for a lot of Taylor's matches, he wasn't the keeper... other guys such as Maregwede, Coventry and even Taibu himself filled the role before Taylor was the automatic wicket keeping selection.

In Test's, I feel Taylor has the potential to go beyond Taibu, and perhaps even find a place in the top 20 batsmen, should Zimbabwe return to Test cricket.

He hasn't played a Test since 2005 (when he was 19, and even more inexperienced). He still managed to scrape an average of over 20 with a couple of decent 50's. I think, with a few more years under his belt, he could now score quite heavily in Test's. He's the sort of batsman who I feel could benefit without the pressure of making a score within 50 overs. You will notice, he has been in a lot of runouts and mixups. In Tests, I think this will happen less often, without the pressure of having to meet a certain run-rate. I think it is realistic for him to average 40.00 in Test cricket by the time his career is over (hopefully for world cricket, at least 15 years away). He has great potential.

Dhruvo
July 15, 2007, 05:05 AM
According to cricinfo taibu will play for zims,

Tatenda Taibu's return to the Zimbabwe cricket team is almost complete after he was included in a select side for two four-day matches against India A at home.
Cricinfo revealed last month that Taibu's comeback was imminent, although he was recently quoted saying his lawyers were still in negotiation with Zimbabwe Cricket, possibly over outstanding payments still owed to him by the board.
The former captain however will now play under the current leader, Prosper Utseya.
Wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor was also named in the side although he is yet to return from England, and may miss the first four-dayer at Harare Sports Club. Sean Williams, who is recovering from an injury which kept him out of training for six weeks, was also included.
Allrounder Keith Dabengwa meanwhile misses out on selection, but will captain the A side on a tour of South Africa at the same time the Select will be facing India A. The batsmen Chamu Chibhabha has also been relegated to the A side, where the only other senior players are the pace bowler, Blessing Mahwire, and the former Zimbabwe A captain, Alester Maregwede.

Zimbabwe Select Prosper Utseya (capt) Terry Duffin, Tatenda Taibu, Vusi Sibanda, Brendan Taylor (wk), Hamilton Masakadza, Sean Williams, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Tino Mawoyo, Elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer, Ed Rainsford, Chris Mpofu, Gary Brent, Trevor Garwe, Tawanda Mupariwa.

Zimbabwe A Keith Dabengwa (cpat) Chamu Chibhabha, Eric Chauluka, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Bornaparte Mujuru, Forster Mutizwa, Alester Maregwede, Regis Chakabva, Alois Tichana, Taurai Muzarabani, Prosper Tsvanhu, Timycen Maruma, Admire Manyumwa, Tendai Chisoro, Blessing Mahwire, Patient Charumbira.

News Link (http://content-ind.cricinfo.com/zimbabwe/content/story/302048.html)

Dhruvo
July 15, 2007, 08:26 AM
doent any one visit the int. section.

tiger_omar
July 15, 2007, 06:45 PM
I hope Taibu plays for Zimbabwe and they get their Test status back.
Then Bangladesh will be able to play a competitive Test cricket match against Zimbabwe and will probably win another Test series.

battye
July 27, 2007, 09:20 AM
What a class act. Tatenda Taibu made his return for Zimbabwe this week against India A after a few years off the scene.

In his first innings back, he smashed 123. Even Utseya managed to stick around for a half-century.
Scorecard: http://www1.cricinfo.com/zimbabwe/engine/match/298024.html

Pretty impressive. It's quite sad to think that this is a team that could potentially look like this:

V. Sibanda, M. Goodwin, A. Flower, G. Flower, T. Taibu, B. Taylor, E. Chigumbura, H. Streak, G. Brent, A. Ireland, H. Olonga

That is a lineup that could beat at least half of the Test nations, IMO. And that's not even including the likes of Utseya, Masakadza, Price etc.

Also worth noting that Brendan Taylor isn't playing. Apparantly he had a row with the management and his future in the side is in doubt (according to Cricinfo: http://www1.cricinfo.com/zimbabwe/content/story/302316.html) (http://www1.cricinfo.com/zimbabwe/content/story/302316.html%29). Sad, he is a genuine star who I think has been severely underrated. Anyone who is able to remain cool in a "last ball six" situation, especially in a full ODI, is definitely capable of big things.

Hopefully this isn't the last we'll see of him, the Mashrafee vs Taylor battles I think will be very interesting over the next 10 years. Particularly with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe both being very young sides, who I think will both peak in about 7 years.

Surfer
July 27, 2007, 09:32 AM
Great to see this. He is such a good player. Good to see him back.

Sohel
July 27, 2007, 03:13 PM
We should find a way for Taibu and Sibanda to play for us.

battye
July 28, 2007, 09:14 PM
Taibu played club cricket in Bangladesh for a while. BD should have convinced him to stay for a few years, then he could have been eligible!

Puck
July 30, 2007, 02:36 PM
Taibu does not really make any difference.Yes,he does good bragging, but is he really a better batsman than Taylor?I dont think so,and his keeping is just international class,not something extraordinary.Zimbabwe lost it when Andy went away,they never found a class replacement.

you are absolutely right. taibu is nothing special at all. in the absense of real class like zimbabwe of old, he shines out as a beacon of hope, the better of a very bad and untalented bunch.

Puck
July 30, 2007, 02:36 PM
Taibu played club cricket in Bangladesh for a while. BD should have convinced him to stay for a few years, then he could have been eligible!

i don't think bangladesh should aim so low. why not aim for the best and get the likes of ponting or pietersen to play for bangladesh ;)

Puck
July 30, 2007, 02:38 PM
We should find a way for Taibu and Sibanda to play for us.

while we are at it lets offer bangladeshi passports to lara, jason gillespie, roger twose, ezra moseley and my cat as well ;)

Puck
July 30, 2007, 02:38 PM
Great to see this. He is such a good player. Good to see him back.

are we talking about taibu here?

Sohel
July 30, 2007, 06:34 PM
Both Taibu and Sibanda played for Zim recently ... good for them. They're still a good 3 years of consistent cricket behind before competing against a decent BD side, and 10 to 15 years behind the best Zim side with the Flower brothers, Streak and Olonga.

Puck
July 30, 2007, 09:19 PM
olonga was a bit like steve harmison, you never really knew which one would turn up on a given day and where the ball would end up! a really nice chap though. had a short with him about his musical carrer after he gave up test cricket and he came across as a very modest young man.

Sohel
July 31, 2007, 12:12 PM
olonga was a bit like steve harmison, you never really knew which one would turn up on a given day and where the ball would end up! a really nice chap though. had a short with him about his musical carrer after he gave up test cricket and he came across as a very modest young man.

Very true. I had the opportunity to spend some time with that team when they toured Bangladesh during the early part of this century. Henry's a really cool cat.

Later I met Taibu and Masakazda, also very modest and cool.

Puck
August 2, 2007, 08:04 PM
Very true. I had the opportunity to spend some time with that team when they toured Bangladesh during the early part of this century. Henry's a really cool cat.

Later I met Taibu and Masakazda, also very modest and cool.

ultimately, they are or were young guys, still untrapped by fame and fortune. they were also very aware of the domestic situation. so there wasn't anything really to be arrogant about.

Dhruvo
August 3, 2007, 05:57 AM
I once had an oppertunity to see the bd and zim team practice but I could'nt luck was'nt in my side I woke up at 7:00 and went to watch them practice but unfortunately because for the blockade or shall I say 'misshill' they changed the stadium and instead of coming in mirpur shere bangla stadium they went to dhaka bangabundho stadium I was so angry I ecided not to watch a single match of the 5 match series but still I could'nt stop watching.But still next month I went to see the match of scots vs bd ,bd won the match so easily mash scored 51 off just 37 balls and then took 2 wickets in the 1st over and razzak took 4 wicket and unfortunately nafees scored 24 bd were 278 after 50 ovrs for 6 wickets and made the scots all out for only 152,I also took SN's autograph.:-D

Puck
August 3, 2007, 06:44 PM
who is SN?

Ahmed_B
August 4, 2007, 05:30 AM
who is SN?
SN is the shortened form of Bangla term "Shape-Neule" ;)

Sohel
August 4, 2007, 10:24 AM
ultimately, they are or were young guys, still untrapped by fame and fortune. they were also very aware of the domestic situation. so there wasn't anything really to be arrogant about.

Matsakenyeri was pretty arrogant to most ... only God knows why.

Dhruvo
August 4, 2007, 10:42 AM
who is SN?
Shahriar nafees.

Puck
August 4, 2007, 08:06 PM
Matsakenyeri was pretty arrogant to most ... only God knows why.

i haven't had the displeasure of meeting him. although, i assume the arrogance to be more of a norm in sporting men and women than an exception.

Sohel
August 4, 2007, 08:40 PM
i haven't had the displeasure of meeting him. although, i assume the arrogance to be more of a norm in sporting men and women than an exception.

Everybody in the BD team is pretty nice, though SN tends to be pretty sullen from what I've seen.

Faisal
August 5, 2007, 04:13 PM
good luck to taibu, hope he plays well for zimbo

AsifTheManRahman
August 13, 2007, 03:03 AM
Taibu insists money not his motivation: http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/zimbabwe/content/current/story/306660.html

FaRHaN
August 13, 2007, 03:34 AM
taibu praises himself too much..huh as if god gave him the talent to play international cricket and not club cricket ..its mentioned it that article dat asif posten

rah
August 13, 2007, 06:56 AM
now this is the begining of zim cricket, if he does retain the captaincy

BD-Shardul
August 15, 2007, 04:34 AM
good for them and then brendon tylor will be droped. uchit shikha for hitting that six

He will not be dropped. He will be there as a specialist batsman.

BD-Shardul
August 15, 2007, 04:40 AM
taibu praises himself too much

May be, but statwise, he is a better batsmen than Ashraful both in ODI and Test.

Puck
August 15, 2007, 11:13 AM
the bangladeshi supporters are so used to mediocrity that the likes of taibu, who is nothing special at all in international terms appears as a great cricketer.

cricman
August 15, 2007, 11:32 AM
I wish him all the best but he couldn't cut bread in the premier league, County cricket or South Africa. He's a good batsmen that should make Zimbabwe better in his keeping ad batting.