Zimbabwe news July 9, 2012

Tatenda Taibu quits cricket for church aged 29

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Tatenda Taibu, the Zimbabwe wicketkeeper-batsman, has announced his retirement, stating that he wants to focus on working for the church. Taibu played 28 Tests and 150 ODIs for Zimbabwe and has quit aged only 29, usually a cricketer's prime.

The decision comes as even more of a surprise as, earlier in the day, he was named in Zimbabwe's provisional squad for September's World Twenty20. It ends an 11-year international career, during which he became the youngest Test captain in history. A finger injury kept him out of top-flight cricket since the tour of New Zealand early this year.

"I just feel that my true calling now lies in doing the Lord's work," Taibu said, "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."

Since making his debut at the age of 18 in 2001, Taibu was an automatic pick for Zimbabwe, except for the times when he clashed with his country's cricket board. 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.

One of the highlights of his career was his Man-of-the-Match performance in 2005 against Bangladesh, when he made 85* and 153 to help Zimbabwe draw the Test. His only other Test victory was against Bangladesh last year, when Zimbabwe returned to the format after a six-year exile. Taibu's outspoken nature was highlighted before that match as he slammed the board for not doing enough to promote cricket in the country.

He was picked while still in his teens as a potential long-term successor as wicketkeeper-batsman to Andy Flower, and while he didn't reach the heights Flower did, he forged a solid career. He finishes as the country's fourth-highest run-getter in ODIs, and only Flower has effected more dismissals than him as a one-day wicketkeeper for Zimbabwe.

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  • on July 12, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    God bless yo Tatenda.You are a good player.I respect your decision.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 12, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    He was a decent wicket keeper batsman. It is not a right time to quit, mate.

  • on July 12, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    ZIMBABWE NEEDED UR SERVICE FOR ANOTHER 5-6 YEARS.... AND THEN U SHOULD HVE RENDERED UR SERVICES TO THE ALMIGHTY...BUT STILL I RESPECT UR DECISION.....U R A TRUE SON OF JESUS CHRIST...GOD BLESS...

  • coolindianfan on July 12, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    hats off Taibu .Few can do what he is doing .May god keep u happy

  • on July 11, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    thanks for the good work you have done for Zim Cricket.All the best brother!!!

  • SuperSharky on July 11, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Good for Taibu, sad for cricket fans who wanted to see more of this fighting wicket-keeper, especially now that Zimbabwe cricket starts to rise again with good form.

  • on July 11, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    I have been a fan since you were 19 and had followed you throughout your tenure in the game. they is a point when a grown up man has do the best for his life and family. Tatenda we will miss you in the field but i know you still in the game .we support you . may God bless

  • paulantony on July 11, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Well done my brother... as the saying goes "Ättemp great things for GOD and only then expect Great things from HIM".., You truly can expect a great reward from your HEAVENLY FATHER for your SACRIFICE...

  • halberdierv2 on July 11, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Go with God. cricket is just a game, but the Lord's work is for life.

  • on July 11, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    In a world of IPL where $$$ speaks louder than anything else and when the security of a person's future comes before the love of the game or country or fans, you have chosen well to bank your securities on a source that will never let you down.. God bless you..

  • on July 12, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    God bless yo Tatenda.You are a good player.I respect your decision.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 12, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    He was a decent wicket keeper batsman. It is not a right time to quit, mate.

  • on July 12, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    ZIMBABWE NEEDED UR SERVICE FOR ANOTHER 5-6 YEARS.... AND THEN U SHOULD HVE RENDERED UR SERVICES TO THE ALMIGHTY...BUT STILL I RESPECT UR DECISION.....U R A TRUE SON OF JESUS CHRIST...GOD BLESS...

  • coolindianfan on July 12, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    hats off Taibu .Few can do what he is doing .May god keep u happy

  • on July 11, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    thanks for the good work you have done for Zim Cricket.All the best brother!!!

  • SuperSharky on July 11, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Good for Taibu, sad for cricket fans who wanted to see more of this fighting wicket-keeper, especially now that Zimbabwe cricket starts to rise again with good form.

  • on July 11, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    I have been a fan since you were 19 and had followed you throughout your tenure in the game. they is a point when a grown up man has do the best for his life and family. Tatenda we will miss you in the field but i know you still in the game .we support you . may God bless

  • paulantony on July 11, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Well done my brother... as the saying goes "Ättemp great things for GOD and only then expect Great things from HIM".., You truly can expect a great reward from your HEAVENLY FATHER for your SACRIFICE...

  • halberdierv2 on July 11, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Go with God. cricket is just a game, but the Lord's work is for life.

  • on July 11, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    In a world of IPL where $$$ speaks louder than anything else and when the security of a person's future comes before the love of the game or country or fans, you have chosen well to bank your securities on a source that will never let you down.. God bless you..

  • on July 10, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    God bless you son, it is what's done for the Lord that will last. I really respect you choice and pray you on to greater heights.

  • on July 10, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    Answer the call.GOD bless

  • on July 10, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    I'm really inspired by you My Dear Brother in Christ. My God shall honor those who honor him. God Bless U

  • vallavarayar on July 10, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Hope the good lord doesn't call him home early.

  • maxkuiters on July 10, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    God wants you to use your God given talents?

  • frozendilemma on July 10, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Well he could`ve only chosen to play tests instead of T20s and ODIs and in Zimbabwe`s case the test matches would`ve been a few 5-6 in a year and he could`ve carried his Church duties...

  • on July 10, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi Cricket fan, I would say that its a sad news for world cricket and Zimb. cricket. Taibu is great "Warrior". He played domestic cricket in Bangladesh and Bangladeshi fan loves him. I m really shocked to hear this news. I wish good luck to him and his family.

  • PeterK.Sudeep on July 10, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    All the Best Taibu... God be with u... Gods call is very imp in our life...its a great lesson for many people like us.. who always run after jobs.. great man ... God Bless U...

  • on July 10, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Gosh didn't see that one coming. Anyway, respect your conviction and thank you for all you've given to Zim cricket.

  • AKS286 on July 10, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    its your choice taibu but if you hit centuries, rise up the zim cricket, take catches, lots of stumping, then god will be more happy. zim needs you.

  • on July 10, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    GOD"S WORK COMES FIRST!!!!

  • lokyshanks on July 10, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    always knew that Taibu was a special person made for great things , when he first came on the world scene one knew that he'd Captain Zim one day and he idid. wish him good luck in his new calling..

  • adnan_rifat84 on July 10, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Sad day in cricket two great wicket keepers retired on same day :( One of Nice batsman belongs to Zimbabwe after Neil Johnson, A&G Flower, Streak etc.. very less I see his batting, but always a little fighter for his team. Best of lucks taibu. Greetings from Pakistan.

  • iqbaladnan on July 10, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    @Nutcutlet: No one knows exactly how much time is left for him/her. If one has talent and can do many things, definitely definitely he/she will reach to a point when the plate will be felt more fuller than it can hold, and therefore has to drop something from his/her plans. For Taibu, that time has come. My only pray for him as a Muslim is may God grant him sincerity to his cause.

  • Technical-1 on July 10, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    How can some of you put Cricket above God? The man is making one of the greatest decision any person could have made in life!

    I had to do the same when I became a Seventh Day Adventist, years ago in college! Most of the Games were played on Saturday! May the Lord guid your Journey my Friend.

  • denessa on July 10, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    THIS IS A BEST DECISION TAIBU AND MAY GOD STRENGHTEN U DURING UR WALK WITH HIM........HE WILL DIRECT YOUR PATH.....GOD BLESS U AND YOUR FAMILY....

  • yorkslanka on July 10, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    has he considered that God has given him his cricketing ability to use as a gift?It's all good being of faith, but the two arent mutually exclusive...

  • 777aditya on July 10, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    amazing decision, amazing conviction at such a young age! in a world where cricketers are hankering for materialistic pleasures, this guy is certainly a pleasant surprise! God bless Taibu - may he succeed in his mission!

  • praveen4honestremark on July 10, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    See people who are saying leaving cricket is wrong are indeed wrong. I say it why;" What is cricket after all?? a sport. Who will be benefited when you play?? May be you alone and family. We should also never give a sport high importance than service. Service of god doesn't mean he will just sit in front of god and pray him. He gonna follow god's principles and serve people of Zimbabwe. Service to society is serving yourself.

  • frozendilemma on July 10, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    I would ask Taibu to read the Parable of the Talents again. Is he using all of his talents to the greatest effect? The Late Rev. DS Shepperd managed to play cricket for England AND be active as a preacher. And with his intellect and integrity, he later rose to become the Anglican Bishop of Liverpool in which role he distinguished himself, speaking out fearlessly for the poor, dispossessed and needy. There is, I hope, much time available after Taibu's cricketing career is over for him to fulfil his vocation. It should not be a case of either one or the other - it can be one AND the other, for the time being, and then later he can move into full-time ministry. I second that...

  • on July 10, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    May the Lord richly bless you. You have answered the highest call.

  • on July 10, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Taibu is a very good player..he should play more.zimbabwe just stared to play test again,player of his caliber should re-consider his decision.atleat he should play test for zimbabwe.

  • cricinme on July 10, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    One of my favourite Zim. players. He did stay by the side in times of turmoil and has really played his role in forming a good team which it is now. May god bless you in your second innings. Luv from India.

  • on July 10, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @Haleos I didn't know God employed you to do his press releases ..."God never asks someone to leave ones duty". Hope the pay is good!

  • Haleos on July 10, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    God never asks someone to leave ones duty. This is Taibu's call.

  • on July 10, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Taibu has more ability to play cricket till his age @ 35 to 36 year & more serve to the gentleman game, any way all happen in our life it's all thing are depend on god's.

  • on July 10, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    A brave choice God bless you for following Gods call in spite of all the riches cricket brings.

  • Haleos on July 10, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    He can do better service to Zimbabwe people by doing well for the country in cricket. That would give some much needed happiness to the people.

  • Haleos on July 10, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    @Nutcutlet - very very well said.

  • B.C.G on July 10, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Why is everyone criticizing Taibu?Isn't it his personal decision?Why should others make decisions for him?Go for it man.It's your call.We know how Zimbabwe Cricket has treated you.

  • Aristotle01 on July 10, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Who is Taibu? LoL. I forgot about him all together. Oh now I remember he was that small tiny baby faced kid with a squeakly voice and an adolescent Moustache.:)

  • Nutcutlet on July 10, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    I would ask Taibu to read the Parable of the Talents again. Is he using all of his talents to the greatest effect? The Late Rev. DS Shepperd managed to play cricket for England AND be active as a preacher. And with his intellect and integrity, he later rose to become the Anglican Bishop of Liverpool in which role he distinguished himself, speaking out fearlessly for the poor, dispossessed and needy. There is, I hope, much time available after Taibu's cricketing career is over for him to fulfil his vocation. It should not be a case of either one or the other - it can be one AND the other, for the time being, and then later he can move into full-time ministry.

  • on July 10, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    May God Bless you in all your endevours. Zim has just come back to top flight cricket and his departure will be a big blow. If some of practicing Muslims can go to Mosque 5 times a day and still find time to represent their country,Taibu can also do the same..By representing Zim you bring happiness on faces of all Zimbawean and cricket lover around the world.This is also an indirect way of serving God. Lord will be happier if you continue on both fronts. Any way our prayers will always be with you.

  • caughtatcover on July 10, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Taibu was a consistent talented performer and "lead by example" kind of a leader..good on him on choosing a career close to his heart after cricket.

  • venkat211 on July 10, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    whatever the decission he had taken has been done,but somehow we miss a cricketer who is capable of doing something to zim cricket.,,,may god be with u ,........

  • on July 10, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    he's got all his life to focus on church but only another 5 or 6 years of cricket left so why not play on and do the church thing later?? im mystified

  • BonyongoDestroyer on July 10, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    A great servant to Zim Cricket - 11 years playing any sport is a long enough time and he is going to a higher calling. He'll be missed but thats how sports goes - the door opens for another young wicketkeeper now...all the best Tatenda.

  • on July 10, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    This may not be the right time for a player like Tabu to say "I Quit". Zimbabwe really misses out a true fighter.

  • real26_03 on July 10, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    All the best Taibu...

    Zimbabwen Cricket gonna miss him a lot...

  • on July 10, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    This may not be the right time for him to quit. Zimbabwe really misses out a classy & true fighter through him.

  • on July 10, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    What a shame! He could have waited for another 5-6 years for that and above all can the work of God not go along cricket?! He surely can.

  • on July 10, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    god be with you ...you have been one of the best cricketers for zim in the last 7-10 yrs

  • anver777 on July 10, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    A real sacrifice.... all the best !!!!!

  • on July 10, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    may God bless you and be with all your future plans to serve God.

  • Scheduler on July 10, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Best Decision ever tatenda. Well all the riches u get on the cricket field will fade away but the riches that u have in Heaven are far greater than what u would have got here. Regrets are for people who feel insecure all the time . Ur future is secure in the lord. God bless u and may u be a wonderful servant of the lord. All the very best.

  • mysay on July 10, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    All the guys who think Gods' work can wait, keep it to your self. He has made a decision for which he will be rewarded far better than cricket could ever give him. If ZIM is going to suffer, so be it. There are so many lost souls suffering who need to be saved rather than Zimbabwe cricket. It is a redicule so those who do not respect religion don't discriminate those who do. We have enough Grand Pa's playing the game, and not enough youngsters doing Gods work. Well done Taibu we hail your decision your a great player an in my book your greater than a Hero. Well done boy, remember "Those who honor God, will God honor". God Bless You.

  • siponus2007 on July 10, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    i respect his decision , but i dont know why people still dont understand these days that eve jesus chirst (pbuh) muhammad (pbuh) all is god messenger , i must say every religion has different culture , but god gave people brain to choose what is actually right or what is actually wrong

  • on July 10, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    May God With You As You Do His Work.....All The Best......

  • on July 10, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Wish you all the best Taibu.

  • on July 10, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    tendulkar should learn from young players

  • on July 10, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    This is a great news. All the best Taibu!

  • on July 10, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Though Zimbabwe and rest of the cricketing fraternity have lost an agile,sportive cricketer, but he has chosen a right path. His decision is a welcomed one and as Christ said "A servant can't serve two masters", by quitting cricket to serve Him is an applauding work. May he be guided by Him to serve true Christianity and besides preaching His word he would be helpful in eradicating many vices which has crept into the religion.

  • on July 10, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    dont worry TATENDA T. jesus sees you have made the best choice ..you cant put cricket ahead of god its called an idiot...jesus bless you keep up the good faith brother

  • on July 10, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Very amateur decision. May be he wants to be the next Sayeed Anwar!! Anyway, hopefully he will not regret linke Ganguly!

  • donbanda on July 10, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    This is his calling folks and we can only wish him all the very best. David Shepeard as I recall played for England and embraced priesthood with some overlap in the 1970's. He accomplished a lot more as a bishop later. TT could do the same.

  • on July 10, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    Hallelujah.... Great to hear a cricketer going to Lord's work by heeding His master's command while in his prime.. May God bless him and give him His grace and anointing in plenty to fulfill His calling. Amen.

  • cracker2012 on July 10, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    There are more important things in life than cricket. Of course preaching the word of our Load and Saviour Jesus Christ is the most important.

  • on July 10, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    The people who have been saying he should have waited until he retires to do God's work, what guarantee you have he will be alive till tomorrow? I'm a Muslim and I respect his decision. May the Almighty guide us all to do His work.

  • sujithl143 on July 10, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    Well done Taibu ..and wish u all da very best! -SL Fans-

  • on July 10, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    PRAISE BE TO GOD !!! This is wonderful news.

  • on July 10, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    what the hell is this,he must play at least 2 or 3 years for his country. Zim need his service very much these days, they are now in correct track but the pilot is going to quit his career,If he can wait another 2,3 years it is the best service that he can do for his whole nation & definitely THE GOD will mercy onhis 2,3 years ,It is there is no anybody like Taibu & It is a big blow to Zim, they need you boy

  • Ozcricketwriter on July 10, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    Could have waited until he retired to do the Lord's work. Silly decision at the top of his game.

  • xylo on July 10, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    May Taibu introduce DRS to the heavens.

  • on July 10, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    i love this guys temperament . his size is almost of romesh kaluwitarana's (kalu) and shot selection and keeping stance showed the same.really unfortunate to be there in a time of Zimbabwe cricket is going to hell. very talented player.

  • on July 10, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    Unbelieveable Decesion , we want more cricket from taibu my favourite . :(

  • mtambie on July 10, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    Excellent decision! May God be with you as you do His work! All the best!

  • on July 10, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    nothing to say but one word............G R E A T .............salute to taibu from all indian cricket fans...............

  • on July 10, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    He's definitely going to earn more money performing his church-work than the measly amount he must have made playing cricket for Zimbabwe. Exaggerations apart, this is a sad news for Zimbabwean cricket. If the few talented players left in the team start retiring at twenty nine years of age for such bizzare reasons, one definitely cannot say that the future of Zimbabwean cricket is bright.

  • Timmuh on July 10, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    From a cricketing point of view, this is a big shame. Zimbabwe's problems are far bigger than cricket, but they robbed Taibu of many Test matches and the world of the chance to see a genuine talent prosper. I recall a very young wicket-keeper batsman being one of very few Zimbabweans to show genuine fight. Even as a 19 year old he had the mentality of a seasoned player. More than cricketers, Zimbabwe needs healers. If Taibu's work in the church can contribute to that, I wish him the best of luck.

  • R.Taylor13 on July 10, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    hmm...he has his whole life to worship god, but only a few to play international cricket. He doesn't want to be a regretful old man..

  • on July 10, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    Congrats Taibu, Now go give of your best to the MASTER may God continues to bless you SIR

  • on July 10, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    gud bie thaibu. . . U r one of best player. . . And WK. . Best of luck. . . . Zimbabwe loss gud player @ wrong time. . .

  • on July 10, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    Brave decision and a very good one indeed. Cricket lovers may think otherwise but the good book says "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you."

    God will bless the sacrifice you have made for Him. God should not be served only when it is convenient for us.

  • Meety on July 10, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    That's a shame for Zim cricket, at one point I felt that he was the best wicket keeper in the world, (pure keeping terms).

  • maruti123 on July 10, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    If serving the Lord is his calling he should do the Lords work. It his one of the best profession to be in

  • asiacricket1234 on July 9, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    This doesnt make sense :O. Why he has to stop playing cricket to serve the Lord. U dont Pray 24/7. What he is going to do as a profession???

  • on July 9, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    I don't blame him for quitting I mean he did it for a good reason and that is that the ICC don't allow Zimbabwe to play much Cricket anyway so Taibu was probably saying to himself what's the point? He made the right decision for himself in the end.

  • Baundele on July 9, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    Since when did God start to forbid playing cricket? Bad decision. He is one of my most favorite cricketers of the world.

  • on July 9, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    Wasted opportunity. He could have carried out such practices after he had retired from the game, which properly would have taken place in 4-5 years. The Zimbabwe team is in the re-building phase right now and perhaps could have used his services. I guess, a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. Good luck.

  • on July 9, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    Taibu could have continued doing both because not everyone gets an opportunity to represent their country at the highest level. Furthermore, he had played the game for many years, thus his experiences could have proved useful to the new/old players in the Zimbabwe team. A promising career which sadly did not meet it's full potential. Anyway, all the best to him and the Zimbabwe team.

  • on July 9, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Will miss this talented player but a calling from God must be answered. All the best to him and his family.

  • Kak-mal_Khan on July 9, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    Tatenda, your work is not yet complete as a cricketer - I think the Lord had put you on this planet to complete your mission as a cricketer, look at the responses that you have received on this comments area, your work was observed worldwide not just as a Zimbabwean. Give it a second thought, you were giving inspiration to many and Zimbabwe cricket still needs you!

  • K.A.K on July 9, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    There should have been a post script to the headline, (P.S. he will still be availabe for IPL). Jokes aside, it is a courageous thing to change your career at your prime. Good luck Taibu in your new endeavors.

  • on July 9, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    brave decion always liked him as a cricketer.gd luck

  • CricketingStargazer on July 9, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    Best memory of him? When Zimbabwe were struggling, taking off the pads and becoming the most threatening bowler as well as the Captain, best batsman and the wicket-keeper! What a wasted talent though. Had he been West Indian or South African he would have, most likely, played close to a hundred Tests and become a legend of the game.

  • on July 9, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    God bless him! Am sure God will take care of His life.

  • on July 9, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    Taibu is giving up Lords for his Lord. That's a shame. He would do a lot more good remaining in cricket.

  • Harding119 on July 9, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    Taibu. You have given your best for the country and the cricketing world. You had taken many of us by surprise with your consistently good performances through these years. Your calling to serve your Master comes with a sacrifice of your cricketing career and more importantly so at your peak. You will get your rewards for the sacrifice. Indeed how can you say no to a higher calling. I am sure you have not come to this decision lightly but after much thought. Surrey, UK

  • on July 9, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Follow your heart and do what makes you happy, Choosing God first always pays off in theLong run..cheers...

  • Gloucsfan on July 9, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    What a bizarre decision. On a par with bbc radio 4 when they leave test match commentary for morning worship!

  • DungogDasher on July 9, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    What a fine young man. I'm glad to see him taking guard for a new innings of real substance. He loves cricket but knows it is after all a game.

  • Munkeymomo on July 9, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    Wow he is only 29!!!???? He's been around for ages! Anyways, good luck to the lad, always liked him as a cricketer.

  • Nduru on July 9, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    Well I think that's a great pity! God said that we must all use our talents wisely and Tatenda has decided to throw in the towel on a very promising career to focus on the Lord! Well, I guess he must do what he must do, and I guess his heart would not be properly in it if he really believes his calling is elsewhere. Oh well, there goes another good Zim player.

  • on July 9, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    A premature end to a career that had not reached it's peak, I hope he can change his mind sometime soon & play maybe another 6 years & he will have all the time in the world to dedicate his life to Him. Please come back Tiba!!!

  • ElBeeDubya on July 9, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    It is an interesting career switch to go from cricket to "Lord's work". Lyon went from being part of member of the ground staff at the Adelaide Oval to play Test cricket so can we say that Taibu is doing a reverse Lyon? Signed, CheekilyYours.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on July 9, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    So has he taken the post of new MCC groundsman then? :)

  • kitten on July 9, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    I wish him well. He has decided that there is a higher calling, and even though he will be missed, he has probably made the right decision. All the very best to him, and his family.

  • on July 9, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    an asset to any side ... this spunky little bloke will be missed in the cricket world ! all the best tatenda

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on July 9, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    Was a Fantastic Player...

  • hamwil80 on July 9, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    mind you, if had qualified for SA, given our current keeper crisis (and he's a much better batsmen than Tsolekile), he'd probably find himself playing in England

  • FreddyForPrimeMinister on July 9, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Sad to see him go. I always kept an eye out for him whenever I knew Zimbabwe were playing... the guy seemed to carry the whole Zim team at times, even giving up the keeper's gloves halfway through an innings so he could bowl - and sure enough he was the best bowler on the day! The friction between him and the Zimbabwe board really marked the end of what I thought might just be a stellar career - he never seemed to be quite the player he was once he returned to the fold. I wish him well in his new career - though speaking personally, cricket is the only religion I care about! :))

  • on July 9, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    A great sacrifice heeding to the Lord's calling...May the Lord richly use him

  • Nishant2012 on July 9, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    a decent player Zimbabwe had...!!

  • on July 9, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    Good Player seeking eternal glory God bless...

  • the_wallster on July 9, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    Shame he has retired from such a noble profession to start a new career in such a pious profession. Each to their own I suppose.

  • MrGarreth on July 9, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Huge loss for Zim but he must have his reasons. Good luch to Tatenda in his future endeavors

  • ansram on July 9, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Great to see cricketers have other big priorities as well.

  • Shafin1987 on July 9, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Good player n keeper........It's his personal decision...........so nothing much to say about it........wish him good luck in coming days.

  • on July 9, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    He can make much more money in his true calling.

  • on July 9, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    He was a fine stroke player. Could have been another Sehwag. Unfortunate loss to Zimbabwe cricket. But I guess he'll be happy following his heart

  • thalalara on July 9, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Oh God! hope he doesn't regret later on in his career.

  • Tigg on July 9, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    What a waste. Maybe a chance for Coventry to step up to the plate.

  • frozendilemma on July 9, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    He was such a great player...We`ll miss him...

  • on July 9, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    not an idel age to retire...he can play cricket for zimbabwe for 10 years...

  • on July 9, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    gonna miss this fantastic player

  • on July 9, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    I really appreciate the reason behind leaving Cricket..May the Christ Bless you abundantly.. :)

  • mohammedafif36 on July 9, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    You where the best batsman for Zimbabwe . good luck for your future

  • on July 9, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    Do not agree with you there Taibu, you don't have to leave your work or profession to start working for your Lord, the real challenge is to work for both at the same time - this is like running away from one responsibility

  • MENDIS_Forever on July 9, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    A good ,talented cricketer indeed! Zimbabwe lost a great player.Wish him all the best!

  • Noball_Specialist on July 9, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Taibu does a Saeed Anwar.

  • New_Wind on July 9, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    All the best sir. News like this puts the life in different perspective.

  • Nathan_123 on July 9, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Why can't he continue to play cricket and carry on doing the Lord work simultaneously. God never said to drop once day time job and do his work. I thing he may have another reason for his retirement than Lords work.

  • on July 9, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    A LION amongst hyenas and vultures Taibu will be missed in the dressing room by far on of the only players who was not afraid to stand up against the board and who always looked out for his team mates. He used his influence and clout well.

  • braindead_rocker on July 9, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Zimbabwe always had amazing players whose careers were cut short because of various reason like these. This guy had a lot of heart. He was one of Zimbabwe's best batsmen and a good keeper too. Anyways we should respect his decision as it is a personal one. We wish him luck. A huge loss to Zim cricket.

  • ashishnigam2002 on July 9, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Sad to know this. Wish you good luck Mr. Taibu ! I would have loved to see you performing on cricket field too.

  • on July 9, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    silly...that is all I can say

  • Solace1 on July 9, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Bad decision at a time when the deccan chargers were getting ready to sign him for ipl 6

  • praveen4honestremark on July 9, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    A true fighter on the field.Gong to do a great service to the society now. I feel to meet him some day. With all respect.

  • mohanan on July 9, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Instead of playing at Lords, he is going to the Lord's work!

  • on July 9, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    sad... a great cricketer....... respect.... for ur great purpose......

  • Nishant0078 on July 9, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Zimbabwe continue to lose good players anyway best of luck for Tatenda Taibu

  • on July 9, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Smart Cricketer...Wish Him To Came To Correct Way...Learn/Search Truth Mr Taibu..

  • on July 9, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    For the church? now that's a big surprise indeed!!

  • Roger_Allott on July 9, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Does this mean that Mick Hunt is retiring?

  • on July 9, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    dis is nt gud..u r young and gud in form

  • on July 9, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Good player !!! retired for a good reason !!!

  • SEHJOWAL on July 9, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    cant believe such a grt talent is wasted by zim?

  • Ashish_514 on July 9, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    When did he cross 18??? What a quick career....

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  • Ashish_514 on July 9, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    When did he cross 18??? What a quick career....

  • SEHJOWAL on July 9, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    cant believe such a grt talent is wasted by zim?

  • on July 9, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Good player !!! retired for a good reason !!!

  • on July 9, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    dis is nt gud..u r young and gud in form

  • Roger_Allott on July 9, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Does this mean that Mick Hunt is retiring?

  • on July 9, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    For the church? now that's a big surprise indeed!!

  • on July 9, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Smart Cricketer...Wish Him To Came To Correct Way...Learn/Search Truth Mr Taibu..

  • Nishant0078 on July 9, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Zimbabwe continue to lose good players anyway best of luck for Tatenda Taibu

  • on July 9, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    sad... a great cricketer....... respect.... for ur great purpose......

  • mohanan on July 9, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Instead of playing at Lords, he is going to the Lord's work!