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Wed Apr 23 21:37:28 SAST 2014

Taibu quits cricket for higher calling

TEAMtalk Media | 10 July, 2012 07:300 Comments
Tatenda Taibu of Zimbabwe out for 78 runs during the second ODI International match between South Africa and Zimbabwe at Senwes Park on October 17, 2010 in Potchefstroom

Former Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.

Taibu has not played top level cricket since injuring his finger against New Zealand in February, but was on Monday included in Zimbabwe's provisional squad for September's World Twenty20.

However, the 29-year-old has decided to call time on his career in order to focus on working in the church.

"I just feel that my true calling now lies in doing the Lord's work," said Taibu, "and 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 made his international debut aged just 18 in 2001 and became the youngest ever Test captain when he skippered Zimbabwe at 20.

His career was marred by a few spats with the Zimbabwe Cricket but on the field he was always one of the country's top performers.

The Harare-born player ends his 28-Test career with a batting average of 30.31 while after 150 ODIs he walks away with an average of 29.25.

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