Melbourne club interested in Taibu

Posted by admin on May 03, 2008

The Australian based The Age newspaper last month published a misleading article about Tatenda Taibu's intentions of moving to Australia. There are many discrepancies in the article, and recent evidence shows that Taibu does not have any intentions at this time to move to Melbourne.

A Victorian official told the Sunday Age that "Taibu was expected to relocate to Melbourne and represent Northcode", a local cricket club. However, the Northocde club president, Mark Sundberg, admits that he hasn't even contacted Taibu yet, who is currently in India for the IPL as one of Kolkata's contracted players.

Sundberg goes on to say that "apparently he had to go back to his native country because of the voting". In fact, Taibu has been living permanently in Zimbabwe for some time now, and resumed playing cricket for Zimbabwe in mid-2007.

Further proof that the article is based on nothing more than rumour and false information, is the statement that Vusi Sibanda retired from international cricket over a year ago to play club cricket in Sydney. Sibanda himself denied this over a year ago, and turned out for Zimbabwe as recently as March in the MTN Championship.

Last week, Taibu said to the Telegraph newspaper in India that he will soon be opening an indoor cricket academy in Harare. Despite rumours that Taibu is keen to go to Australia, unless he intends to manage the indoor centre from abroad, it seems highly unlikely that Taibu will move permanently to Melbourne at this time, especially considering that Zimbabwe are likely to resume playing Test cricket later this year.