"Brendan Taylor has been banned for nine months following reports of indiscipline during Zimbabwe's recent A-team series against Pakistan.
Taylor was slapped with the ban after reportedly missing training twice without informing Kevin Curran, the coach, or giving a satisfactory explanation for his absence.
The action rules Taylor out of the home series against India and New Zealand as well as Zimbabwe's tour of New Zealand in January. He will, however, be able to play domestic matches.
If the punishment appears to be excessive, sources report that this was not Taylor's first brush with the authorities. Last month, Cricinfo exclusively reported that Taylor had stayed out clubbing all night less than 36 hours before the start of the Test against South Africa at Johannesburg in March."
Taylor is only nineteen years old, and whilst you can understand why the ban has been slapped on him, is it right to punish someone for being a little bit stupid? Also we might ask whether a young black player would have been banned for so long. I believe that there was indiscipline from Nkala and some other guys in and before the South Africa tour. Also during the incident in South Africa Taylor was accompanied by Phil Simmons, the coach!
I doubt this is racially motivated, he has been pretty stupid but I think it's a little unfair and Zimbabwe need him in ODIs, he can open with Barney Rogers because everyone knows Trevor Gripper can't really attack to save his life.