Taibu: 'I am a new man'

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Zimbabwe wicketkeeper and batsman Tatenda Taibu who also plays for Mountaineers in the domestic franchise league is playing well and colleagues have given credit for his form to his newfound religion.

Taibu recently put up a high-spirited performance against log leaders Mashonaland Eagles in a top of the table clash at Harare Sports Club, that ended in a draw.

Another colleague also said “his relationship with the administrators who he once didn’t see eye-to-eye was on the mend, which is a good development.”

According to the Eagle Eye Tabenacle’s doctrine – Taibu’s new church – members are not allowed to watch television or listen to circular music on the radio.

In a telephone interview with NewsDay on Friday, Taibu said he was commitment to his newfound Christian religion.

“My religious life is very important to me as well as my cricket and family. I believe in seeking the kingdom of God first before anything else.

“This is the life that I have chosen to have nothing to do with television, I don’t even listen to the radio, the closest I get to the radio is when I’m playing selected gospel songs.

“My family and I are in the process of killing the life we lived before we became Christians,” he said.

Taibu has in the past fallen out with some cricket administrators among them the current chairman Peter Chingoka and the general manager Ozius Bvute, who can never forget November 2004 when they were verbally abused by the diminutive wicketkeeper.

The cricketer was vilified for his actions by some sections of the local media.

In November 2005 he announced his resignation as captain and retirement from international cricket citing irreconcilable differences between him and the administrators.

Taibu’s religious beliefs have improved his relations with teammates and administrators of the game.

He has already cemented his place in the national cricket side, which is lobbying for a return to international Test cricket.