County news August 21, 2013

Jarvis completes Lancashire move

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kyle Jarvis, the Zimbabwe fast bowler who recently retired from international cricket, has joined Lancashire on a three-year-deal as a non-overseas player, subject to registration.

"I am delighted to be joining Lancashire on a three-year contract, as playing county cricket has been an ambition of mine for a number of years and the opportunity to forge a career in England was one that was too good to miss," Jarvis said.

Jarvis, 24, made his international debut in 2009 and went on to play 24 ODIs, taking 27 wickets at an average of 45.22. He also played in eight Tests since his debut against Bangladesh in 2011, with 30 wickets at 31.73, but has said he now hopes to qualify to play for England.

"I have loved my time playing for Zimbabwe, and I am extremely grateful for the part they have played in my development, but I feel the time is right to take on a new challenge and a new career," he said. "Reaching this decision has been an incredibly difficult process but I intend to make a home for myself in Manchester and hope my stay at Lancashire far outlasts this initial contract. My future is with Lancashire and in the county game with an end goal of potentially becoming English qualified in the future.

"This club is one with great heritage and history and I hope to be able to contribute significantly to its future with the ball in hand and I am excited about helping the club's quest for silverware in coming seasons."

Jarvis, whose first-class bowling average is 23.58, has also notched 30 wickets in 34 Twenty20 matches and Mike Watkinson, Lancashire's director of cricket, said that the addition would bolster the team's bowling. Lancahisre said Jarvis is due to join up with his new county "in the near future".

"The opportunity to sign someone of Kyle's age and potential does not arise very often," Watkinson said. "We feel he will be a great addition to our bowling attack for many years to come"

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  • Julian on August 24, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Outcast if Jarvis is so pathetic that even Ncube and Chimhamiwa are better bowlers than him why is KJ offered the big money to go overseas whilst these superstars u boast of are now where to be seen ????

    btw Anthony Ireland and Glen Querl would both walk into the current Zimbabwean team if all was well Zimbabwe's bowling lineup would be Jarvis and Querl taking the new ball with Ireland 1st change

  • Faizan on August 24, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Good for him but bad for Zimbabwe as they invested on him only to see him leave Zimbabwe for a county but you can't blame him.

  • ZCF on August 22, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    @grahaam, Ireland is not making regular County appearances. Until this season when Leics have given him a run in YB40&FLT20, he was mixing it with 2nd XIs for 2-3 seasons before that. He remains a poor bowler, and the reason Leics brought him in to begin with was the fact that they're overrun by poor bowlers so he can barely fit right in.

    Zim&SA today, have been scattered with thousands of British,Dutch,Portuguese,Greek&Italian post-colonial refugees as well who also want to feed their families. What's your point?

    @Bonyongo, what I directed at Jarvis wasn't vitriol. Depending on the way you look at it, Jarvis' performances have not justified the consistency of odd selection he benefited from. I won't bother with his LOI which were pathetic, but he bowled 14 Tests innings for us and in just 6 of those did he get more than one wicket. That's poor whichever way you look at it. His only claim to fame was a careless NZ racing to declare. Pak would've pasted him again, good he ran early!!

  • Andrew on August 22, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    LOL, good question @BonyongoDestroyer! I am tired of ZCFOutkast's rantings about how second rate players will suddenly become world beaters while the best test bowler we have had for a long time gets knocked all the time for some reason. as sad as I am to see Jarvis go, it is inevitable that the best talent will go overseas where the money and real development is. Zimbabwe's best export over the last 15 years has been human resources, and cricket is sadly no different.

  • Bonyongo on August 22, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Good for him. He has just moved to a better level of his sport, got a significant payrise, greater job security and he will be treated like the professional he is. (and as an added bonus he'll have some better catching to back him up). No lawyer, doctor or any other professional would think twice about making such a move, so why should he?

    Only question remains is - with Jarvis out of the picture - who will ZCFOutkast direct his vitriol at now?

  • Graham on August 22, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    ZCF_OUTKAST Again you talk with little subject knowledge , Anthony Ireland is still making regular County appearances...You also fail to note that none of these people want to leave Zimbabwe , it is their home , but they are driven out to provide for their families , the world is scattered with refugees from Zimbabwe who just want to feed their families ....

  • ZCF on August 21, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Something tells me young Jarvo is in for a mega golden handshake long before the 3 years is up! Definitely another Anthony Ireland in the making!!! Knock yourself out boet. Before long you'll be deemed surplus to requirements ala Price, forced to swallow your pride and return to Zimbabwe. Unfortunately Like Anthony you won't be good enough to get back into the side. Never mind Vitori & Chatara, the likes of Musoko and Jongwe will be streets ahead of you by then.

    While you're in the UK, you might as well give the supposedly cleared chucker Querl a ring and tell him the mighty Unicorns can keep him! We can do without an influx of desperate unrated English system rejects, abusing our small franchise setup to keep fit, while disturbing the playing opportunities of our boys Ncube, Chimhamhiwa among others in the process!

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Great, that means another English player gets replaced by another none overseas player classed as none overseas!

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