Tatenda Taibu eyes to coach in IPL
Twelve years after creating a historic deal in the lucrative Indian Premier League as the first Zimbabwean cricketer, Tatenda Taibu has now expressed his wishes to come back with a coaching role in the biggest franchise based T20 league on earth.
In the inaugural season of IPL in 2008, Taibu became the first cricketer from his country to feature in the competition following signing with Kolkata Knight Riders for a sum of US$125 000.
“Recently I had applied for the position of fielding coach for the Sri Lanka national team. I was shortlisted in the last three, but narrowly missed it.
“I would love to be a coach at one of the IPL teams or Ranji Trophy teams. I am confident that I can be a valuable addition,” said Taibu as he spoke during Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters 2020.
The former captain and wicket-keeper batsman featured in 28 Tests, 150 ODIs and 16 T20Is for Zimbabwe during his career that stretched between 2001-2012.
“IPL is one of the biggest events in the world of cricket now. Everything else stops for the IPL. There may be similar T20 leagues in other countries, but nothing comes close in any aspect, be it the number of players, their quality or the way IPL has been marketed.
“You name any aspect of cricket IPL is head and shoulders above everything else,”
Taibu who based himself in England after retiring from international cricket further said Indian cricket has been revolutionized by IPL.
“India always had talent, but their development in various areas of the game was revolutionized by IPL. The event brought Indian players close to cricket from other parts of the world.
“Not just players, but coaches, trainers, physicians etc. This helped the holistic development of Indian cricket. Now you can see that they are at the top of their game in every aspect,” the 36-year old said.