Kyle Jarvis quits international cricket
20 August, 2013
HARARE: Zimbabwean fast bowler, Kyle Jarvis has retired from international cricket on Sunday, just a few days before the start of the home series against Pakistan, Our Sources reported on Monday.
Jarvis retired from international cricket to take up a county offer and stated he will not return to play cricket in Zimbabwe.
He issued a statement in which he said that, “I have retired from international cricket to pursue a county and global T20 career. We have had a few teams interested but me and my agents have agreed on a three-year deal at a top English county.”
"I really hope the fans and public can understand my reasons for leaving, as job security is the main factor, Zimbabwe will always be my home, and I would just like to thank everyone for their continued support over the past few years”, Jarvis added.
Jarvis' decision is the latest in a string of bad news for Zimbabwe, including Friday's stand-off with the board over payment issues, and comes a few days before the start of the home series against Pakistan.
Jarvis' retirement will further dent Zimbabwe's preparations for the Pakistan series. With senior seamer Chris Mpofu still unfit, the bowling responsibility will lie with Brian Vitori, who has struggled for form recently, Tendai Chatara, who impressed in West Indies this year but is still inexperienced, and Michael Chinouya, who has played only two ODIs.
Jarvis is not the only player to turn his back on Zimbabwe in recent times. Craig Ervine rejected a winter contract to take up a club cricket deal in the UK while it is understood that Charles Coventry, who has not been contracted to Zimbabwe Cricket, is also considering a career elsewhere.
Jarvis, 24, took 30 wickets in eight Tests at an average of 31.73 and 27 wickets in 24 ODIs. He also played nine T20Is in which he picked up 10 wickets.