Zimbabwe cricketer quits to serve Church

Tatenda Taibu, 29, has announced his retirement from cricket to devote his life to the Church.

 
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Harare: 

Even a flourishing career in cricket could not stop the former captain of the Zimbabwe team from listening to his heart.

Tatenda Taibu, 29, has announced his retirement from cricket to devote his life to the Church, Zimbabwe cricket board announced yesterday.

"I just feel that my true calling now lies in doing the Lord's work," said Taibu, who also played for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.

He said, "Although I am fortunate and proud to have played for my country, the time has come for me to put my entire focus on that part of my life."

Taibu has played 28 test matches and 150 one-day internationals for Zimbabwe.

His decision to quit the sport came hours after he was named in Zimbabwe's provisional squad for September's World Twenty20 matches.

His retirement would end an 11-year international career, during which he became the youngest Test captain in history.

He had stepped down as captain and quit the national side back in 2005 following threats against his family.

Taibu moved to South Africa in 2006 with the intention of going through the four-year qualification process to be eligible for international cricket for them.

However, he reappeared for Zimbabwe in 2007.

Source: espn/times of india

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