Zim lose Taylor to Notts Kolpak deal

Zimbabwe cricket has suffered a big blow with the news that senior batsman and Test captain Brendan Taylor has signed a Kolpak deal with Nottinghamshire, which will rule him out of international cricket for three years.

The deal will be confirmed after the World Cup, where Taylor's final game for Zim for the foreseeable future will be against India on Saturday. The deal is for three years, and he cannot play for his country in that time.

Taylor told Cricinfo: "I'm very, very sad to leave Zimbabwe cricket. I've had some fond memories and I have some great friends here, but life goes on and you have to try and make the best decisions for your family and moving forward."

Notts have opted to take on Taylor to cover for Michael Lumb, who has an arm injury that required surgery. It also covers for Jake Libby, who needs surgery on his knee ahead of the new season. Notts will also be without James Taylor and Alex Hales much of the time, as they'll be with England.

Notts director Mick Newell explained: "We have decided to strengthen our batting order with Brendan, a proven player who will be an excellent addition to the side.

"Ahead of the upcoming season, we have found ourselves with two batsmen injured and face the potential loss of players to international commitments."