Zimbabwe news August 18, 2013

Jarvis retires from international cricket


Kyle Jarvis, the Zimbabwe fast bowler, has retired from international cricket. Jarvis opted out of the upcoming series against Pakistan to take up a county offer and stated he will not return to play cricket in Zimbabwe.

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 issued a statement which said: "I have held off a few opportunities over the last few months but my decision was made about a week ago when the pay disputes arose and I felt my time to leave had come.

"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. I informed my team-mates yesterday that I would be leaving and they were supportive and fully understood why I was doing this. I then sat with the managing director and explained my position and we both left on good terms.

"Zimbabwe will always be my home, and I would just like to thank everyone for their continued support over the past few years. I wish my team-mates and coaching staff the best of luck for the forthcoming Pakistan series."

Reacting to Jarvis' decision, David Coltart, Zimbabwe's minister of education, sports, art and culture, said he was saddened but understood Jarvis' reasons. "I wish him well. My prayer is that this is not the last we have seen of @KyleJarv89 in red. When we sort out cricket and Zimbabwe, he'll be back," Coltart said, through a Twitter post.*

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.

After Zimbabwe's tour to New Zealand in early 2012, Jarvis so impressed the Central Districts management, he was contracted to them for the remainder of the season. He took seven wickets in two Plunket Shield matches and five wickets in eight HRV Cup matches. At the time, there was talk Jarvis was considering staying in New Zealand in order to qualify to play for them, but he returned to Zimbabwe. Lancashire are current favourites to secure Jarvis' services.

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' 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.

*0920 GMT, August 20. The story has been updated to incorporate David Coltart's reaction

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Vijendra Pratap on August 22, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    Yet another player that Zimbabwe can ill-afford to lose, and not just any player but their one true world-class strike bowler. There has been a lot of unfounded criticism directed at Jarvis during his time with Zimbabwe and also in the user posts on this site. Jarvis is a line and length bowler who is always at the batsmen and given more helpful conditions both off the pitch and from overhead conditions and backed up by a competent fielding outfit, he will do very very well in English conditions, particularly in the months of April, May and June when conditions are at their most helpful for the seamers. Jarvis had more catches dropped off his bowling than any other bowler I have ever seen in international cricket. All the attention was on him overstepping the mark when he had Dhawan dismissed in the 2nd ODI. It should have equally been on Taylor for dropping a chance soon after that was the simplest catch a keeper will ever get and he also made three ducks, yet no-one criticised him!

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    i thing icc need to look in to this matter seriously guy's like ballance,jarvis, ervine brother's not playing is a serious problem for their country sean ervine is just 30 yrs old even morgan,rankin not playing for ireland ryan ten doeschate not playing for dutch. if icc really want nation out of top 10 ranking to improve than they should look into it and keep a regular fixture of those nation with test side's. when is the team for zimbabwe against pak series is going to be announced can any one tell me plz.

  • Jason on August 21, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    @Warren Smith, honestly I doubt it, it will be 4 years and only if he decides to apply for british citizenship, as t my knowledge he has no english parentage.

    Also there is no guarantee he will be anything more than a good county pro, earning a living for his family.

    In the end it will be his decision if he wants to play for England or not.

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    I will stop watching Zimbabwean Cricket in the imminent future..... I have been watching them for eleven years...since that ZIM-PAK ODI series. I have seen Vusimuzi Sibanda making his debut against West Indies, 172 by Craig Wishart in a World Cup game, blitzkrieg Andy Blignaut, Travis Friend, Mark Vermeulen, Zimbabwe putting a decent effort into the World Cup, the rise & fall of Tatenda Taibu, the fallout of the majority of players with Heath Streak, builing of a new team, The arrival of Brendan Taylor, 2007 T20 World Cup victory over Australia and much more..... it is very sad for me to note the recent turmoil in the Zimbabwean politics and the effects of it on this game...now they get lesser number of games....so players will try to revive their careers playing around the world....this is not a triumph of cricket, the exodus will continue, ICC must take steps to financially support the economically poor countries in its strata. . . . . . . .

  • Dummy4 on August 20, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    Guess hell be turning out for 'England' in about 3 yrs time then.. Someone, somehow needs to stop this. Its getting ridiculous!!!

  • Graham on August 20, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    @ZCF_OUTKAST, If you think a few controversial Diamonds can create good cricketers then you are not real...

  • Irfan on August 20, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    surely, blame should be on too much T20 leagues like IPL's which trigger these types of decisions from young players.

  • ZCF on August 20, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Good! Let the uncommitted players leave. Once that is done it will only take a few Marange stones from the Government through the Mining&Sports Ministries to wipe out ZC's debt, improve National&FC players' contracts, plus breathe life into club cricket. ZC's debt and budget is smalll.

    Once the considerate leaders tap into this wave of hatred and doom-sayers waging war against Zimbabwe's sport of cricket, they will put it to bed. Citizens have benefited from outstanding telephone, water&electricity bills being erased. It won't be long before benefits filter through to cricket. After all, it's great Honourable Patron has the best interests of his people and the sport at heart.

    The problem of course is the structure and leadership/ownership in some of the franchises. Those elements need to be shipped of. The empowerment drive means taking over majority ownership of the stadia is imminent.

    Crisis, what crisis? We're behind you boys. Ignore the negative voices(capitalist media agenda)!

  • Jason on August 20, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    @Iceman29, the pointis though that to England and australian fans there is nothing more important, simply because of the rivalry between the two sides.

    Its like telling Indian and Pakistan fans that the Pakistan vs India test series are irrelavent, to everyone outside of those two countries they are, just as SA vs Aus is important to those fans and of little consequence you anybody else.

  • santhosh on August 20, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    @SaadRocx: I feel its overrated because the English and Australians make the fans of their own country and others believe as if it is the world Test championship and nothing is more important than that....the players also behave like that and they dont concentrate on the other matches and Australia is paying the price for that...English on the other hand concentrating only on the Test matches and still they lost the number 1 status to SA...as the matter of fact they lose in all the shorter formats...