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Jarvis retires from international cricket

Firdose Moonda

August 18, 2013

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Kyle Jarvis prepares to deliver, Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Harare, 3rd day, April 27, 2013
Kyle Jarvis has announced retirement at the age of 24 © AFP

Zimbabwe cricketers who quit the game early

  • Sean Ervine - Pulled out of the Zimbabwe squad before the 2011 WC
  • Tatenda Taibu - Left to focus on a career in the church at the age of 29
  • Henry Olonga - Quit after the black armband protest during the 2003 World Cup
  • Andy Flower - Was a part of the black armband protest with Olonga and quit after the 2003 World Cup
  • Stuart Carlisle - Did not return to play for Zimbabwe after the white-player walkout in April 2004.

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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Posted by vpsgreat 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!

Posted by   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.

Posted by YorkshirePudding 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.

Posted by   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. . . . . . . .

Posted by   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!!!

Posted by grahaam 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...

Posted by irfans1 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.

Posted by ZCFOutkast 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)!

Posted by YorkshirePudding 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.

Posted by Iceman29 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...

Posted by Anil_Koshy on (August 20, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

It is really a sad day for Zimbabwean cricket, ICC should take this matter very seriously and do something to save the game.instead of promoting expatriates cricket in USA and Canada, they should fund Zimbabwe and other African countries. Hope, Jarvis reconsiders his decision and plays for his country again.

Posted by grahaam on (August 19, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

Many calls for the ICC to intervene and help fund Zimbabwe cricket players, why should the ICC help beyond what they already provide. Giving hard cash to a Zimbabwean society with any links to the "government" will see it squandered on cars, hotels , IT luxuries and into peoples pockets , that is why cash aid to places like this has been replaced by useful items. ICC do a fine job of managing and providing to all cricket nations even those on the lower tiers. It is just that some nations abuse this and do not direct the funding properly, all Zimbabwe's recent home matches have been televised, and despite ZC not wanting to reveal figures , the amount they recovered from the India matches could not only have paid the players but offer bonus's. The country once, not only had good players , but equally it had an almost volunteer Board who loved the game, but gained their personal income from other skills. Running cricket in Zimbabwe to them was a pleasure.

Posted by baghels.a on (August 19, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

Well too bad from Zimbabwe point of view, many posters have already commented on merits and demerits of Jarvis decision, sad but harsh reality is that Apart from India,England,Australia none of the other test playing nations have financial wherewithal to sustain the game , and even in England and Australia cricket is not number one sports, all of us who also follow Football know how popular Football is in England, sample this fact : TV rights for premiership is 6.4 billion Euros for 3 year period, while that for cricket for same period is 200 million Euros, similarly in Australia AFL and NRL fetch twice the amount that of cricket...

So that leaves only India where cricket can survive long term, even in India in metros football is fast picking up. We cricket supporters also do not help ourselves by constantly quarraling over various formats of the game...it is not ICC but BCCI,ECB and CA which will shape the future of world cricket.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

This indeed is a sad day not only for zim cricket but also to test cricket. i found him so exciting during the recent india odi series. Having said that, something drastic & remedial should be done to restore order in Zim cricket & icc should also step in to allay player fears[ i know its got its own legal jurisdictions]. U really cant blame the players as they r bound to safeguard theirs & families financial security given the doldrums zim economy is in. But the yesteryr players of zim cricket should raise this issue on some forum bcos they owe 2 zim cricket & its time they payback to the sport.They should also give a realty check to the green horns abt the free-lancing in T20 cricket which is very volatile & though lucrative, will not bring u fame & pride which players get by playing for their country.

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (August 19, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

This is a continuing shame for Zimbabwe, the nation as a whole. I am a Pakistan supporter but my heart goes out to people like Jarvis who have to make such decisions after having suffered at the hands of their national authorities for such a long time. Zimbabwe can ill afford it. For any person, job security comes first and foremost. My best wishes are with the Jarvises of this world.

Posted by Scotty848 on (August 19, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

I'd love him to have come to Worcestershire, though I'd imagine he'd probably end up somewhere like Surrey, with their proven track record of buying in anyone else's talent. If Taylor goes they've had it.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (August 19, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

@ Michael Baker on (August 19, 2013, 7:39 GMT).Thank heavens there is at least one other contributor to this thread that is prepared to look beyond cricket for the source of the melancholoy exodus of Zim players. The rest just don't get it. I come back, as so often on these matters that extend their tentacles outside the game & its players, to CLR James' dictum: 'What know they of cricket who only cricket know?' Here we have a swathe of earnest & wellmeaning comments from India & Pakistan that seem blind & deaf to the backdrop. To those who think it is the ICC that should be fixing it, I would ask them to hang fire until they know far more about the economic situation within Zimbabwe. SA, other other hand, has recently validated the Zim presidential election. That's a vote of confidence in the system then, so pls pardon my cynicism. I'd expect CSA to offer help to their neighbour-in-difficulties, putting $$$ where the mouth is. But we know there's only one board that can do/does that.

Posted by SaadRocx on (August 19, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

@ Iceman29,How is the Ashes over rated?mate!

Posted by   on (August 19, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

The actual problems with Zimbabwe cricket stem from the fact that Zimbabwe is an economic basket-case run by a corrupt Government. Simple!!Jarvis has made a sensible decision as no lucrative opportunities exist for talented players at home and the Zim government has the habit of persecuting dissenters. WE NEED TO GET REAL!!

Posted by CezK on (August 19, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

Taylor will be the next to follow... and then Zimbabwe cannot even think of beating an U-19 International team for another 5-10 yrs... Better they find a way out.. NOW or NEVER !!

Posted by ReverseSweepIndia on (August 19, 2013, 6:22 GMT)

@Srini_Chennai, Its not Eng fault that Jarvis chose to go & play there. We do not know about what kind of family commitment bowler could have. And pay always been issue with Zim cricket, player may always wonder who will pay the bills. And if players from good paying cricketing nations chose to retire for IPL, is it India's fault? Everyone like you and me, will work where s/he gets best reward for efforts.

Posted by naren1983 on (August 19, 2013, 6:01 GMT)

Its a big blow to ZIM cricket & fans. Its an alarm to the board that how it is going to act to prevent other players from withdrawing like this. According to Jarvis, it should be a tough decision to make, because every player is dreamt of growing to play for the country one day. He performed well at the given condition & opposition. But mere this payment dispute making this man opting himself out of Zim cricket is really sad. Now-a-days players have so many options to choose right from English Country, IPL, Big Bash, BPL, SLPL and now CPL. So players who perform will fit into any side of the world and carry his cricket enthusiasm. But definitely, he will feel for every day when he go to sleep that he couldn't continue for own country for sure.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (August 19, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

@Srini_Chennai, Kyle Jarvis is coming to play in England simply because it pays a living wage which will be foremost in his mind, especially if he has a family. Also to qualify for england he will need to play in the UK for 4 years, gain a british passport by that time he be 28/29, and theres no guarantee he will play International cricket for england.

Posted by vpsgreat on (August 19, 2013, 5:25 GMT)

I think ICC should intervene and make a rule of min wages(enough to survive in Zim), for all international players based on the country's economy they play for.If ZC players continue to leave like that, there would be no one playing for them.I still think ICC not doing their job properly in this matter.Dave R being ICC head from SA ,must look in to it and help Zim players in every possible way.No doubt about the sporting capability of Zim cricketers.They should be looked after as well as any other cricketer in the world and ICC can,t shy away from it.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2013, 5:08 GMT)

The best bowler of ZIm retires who was the spearhead of Zim. When Zim lost 0-5 to Ind he really trouled the Ind batsmen.Zim must back the experiences of Duccan fletcher & Andy Flower who are the present coaches for Ind & Eng respectively. No doubut Zim is a very good side. All the best !!!!!!

Posted by Iceman29 on (August 19, 2013, 5:05 GMT)

A zimbabwaen coaching English cricket team in spite of the crisis which is going on in his own country...What is ICC doing about this??Everyone is so much interested in the overrated Ashes series and DRS issues that they forgot about the actual problems in world cricket..

Posted by   on (August 19, 2013, 5:01 GMT)

International would b ruined due to such leagues and county, players are preferring money over their homeland

Posted by SaadRocx on (August 19, 2013, 4:49 GMT)

He's a good bowler :( We'll miss him..

Posted by Srini_Chennai on (August 19, 2013, 4:45 GMT)

@Cricfan78: I second your thought. Its about time that ICC has direct control over their member country's board and save the players from disgrace. County cricket may provide some experience in playing English conditions but for most part its only helping England in recruiting overseas players and drafting into their so-called 'England' team.

Posted by SamRoy on (August 19, 2013, 4:22 GMT)

If I were Kyle Jarvis, I wouldn't have retired from international cricket. I might have picked and chosen matches like only playing test matches, World T20 and the World Cup and playing county cricket rest of the time. Any way Zimbabwe plays about 4-5 test matches in a year (at most) and they are way too important to give up on that!

Posted by   on (August 19, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

A very good decision by Kyle Jarvis. He has shown that he has good ability and skills to perform, and he deserves a promising career that Zimbabwe was unlikely to give him. He is an exciting prospect, and could become a bowling star in the future. I will be eager to see him in the IPL.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2013, 3:23 GMT)

I don't hate cricket but I hate ICC....... Because of these things in cricket ppl r not interested in cricket ICC is gatta make sure the cricket teams are financially stable nd plays mor cricket.....but they r not doing anything Thts y there r more fans of soccer than cricket

Posted by Srini_Chennai on (August 19, 2013, 2:51 GMT)

What the heck is ICC doing about it? It seems they're more interested in DRS issues. Cricket can't afford to lose countries like Zimbabwe. Why can't the other countries like England, Australia help them out by playing a bilateral series with them? Some countries are only interested in poaching the coaches and players from Zimbabwe but won't play them.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2013, 1:42 GMT)

Everyone is fine with him leaving International cricket for County... But imagine he left it for IPL, people would be going "Ban the IPL, blah blah blah!"

Posted by Anti_ZCFOutkast on (August 19, 2013, 0:51 GMT)

Zimbabwe has lost its best pace bowler. A huge blow.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2013, 0:12 GMT)

This is the reason why Zimbabve cricket has declined over the past decade.

Posted by Buckers97 on (August 18, 2013, 23:42 GMT)

He would look Great in Kiwi colours. Imagine a NZ bowling line-up of Southee, Jarvis, Wagner, Bolt & Daniel Vettori

Posted by Buckers97 on (August 18, 2013, 23:37 GMT)

Queensland Bulls should pick him up and get him to play for Australia in 4 years time

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (August 18, 2013, 23:08 GMT)

All those people who say ICC is not doing anything, have you ever thought that maybe it's the people in charge of Zim cricket that is responsible for this mess? When u have politicians running cricket and only worry about pocketing whatever money comes their way, it can only harm the cricketers and any grassroot program that might have benefited from that money. Bangladesh is no different. Neither is Sri Lanka or any other asian cricketing nation. India only survives because of it's 1 billion plus cricketing mad population.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

Great blow to Zimbabwe cricket especiaqly not good because in few days series against Pakistan is about to start . Young Pakistani batsman would miss a class bowling.There is no other bowler in the team of his calibre.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 21:56 GMT)

Good Decision for his future

Posted by itsjustagameboys on (August 18, 2013, 21:30 GMT)

As an occasional follower of Zim cricket, I have been very impressed KJ. I have seen him creating problems for some very good batsmen. He bowls good line and length, nips it about - I think he will do very well in county cricket. Good luck to him.

Posted by CricFan78 on (August 18, 2013, 21:13 GMT)

County cricket is killing international cricket in Zimbabwe .... what a shame

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (August 18, 2013, 19:50 GMT)

Jarvis, I'm wondering which county team would want you looking at your stats (test bowling is OK, I have seen you bowl...). Your ODI and T20 stats look horrible so I think your dreaming a bit too high buddy.

Posted by Alexk400 on (August 18, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

He was only bowler who can bowl consistent swing. He was not managed well by zimbabwe.

Posted by Gregg22 on (August 18, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

@JustIPL, why don't you focus on as your name states, the IPL. Do you realise how ridiculous you sound. He should've waited till things improved??? Do even you have any idea what's happening in Zimbabwe? Please wake up from that dreamland you're living in. It's unfortunate that he has to leave but nobody in their right mind can blame him. I'm surprised it took this long. I'm even more surprised that others aren't following suit.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (August 18, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

Jarvis is just the latest first class cricketer who has found that playing cricket for a living in his country is no longer viable. As I'm sure the ICC is all too well aware, the writing is on the wall for Zimbabwean international cricket. Indeed, maintaining a fc cricket infrastructure may, in itself, well become too much of a challenge. So much for the sad state of play. And do such situations arise in a vacuum, or are they down to some matters beyond human control, like the weather? Unfortunately, Zimbabwe is ranked 163/174 by Transparency International; it is therefore justified to state that Zim is a very corrupt country indeed, where employees will frequently not get paid (a situation that is all too familiar to the cricketers), contracts generally will not be honoured, where bribery is endemic & any aid will be pocketed by corrupt individuals within the twinkling of an eye. Until Zimbabwe is rid of its corruption, nothing will change & cricket will die, for sure. Pls publish.

Posted by sudeep_sarkar on (August 18, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

I strongly think ICC should come up with few tournament in Zimbabwe and help them financially so that they don't lose player like this. Regards, Sudeep Sarkar

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

please javes back for ziM ckt

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

i dont think its a good decision by jarvis ... with his pace and ability he will not be someone to make a mark in england.. his in his short career has been erratic and expansive .... his best chances were to represent a weak time like zimbabwe .... he simply lacks the ability and class to represent at top level county cricket leave representing any country aside .. he had time on his side and he should have stayed and waited for things to improve rather than making a unreasonable decision.....

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

retiring at age of 24 is an insult for zim

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

I agree with other comments here on why Zimbabwe is still be a full member board? the dominant backing of BCCI not wanting to let go a sure vote is one which in case of a full member Ireland won't be that easy. otherwise, a sustained talent drain since the turn of the millenia has crippled the entire fabric of Zim's test ability.

Neil Johnson, Murray Goodwin, Ervine, Flower Snr, Jarvis etc.. the list is endless and about entirely of white cricketers...

on merit Zimbabwe's test status should immediately be stripped off and be given to Ireland simultaneously..

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

y the hell icc isn't doing anything..Zimbabwe hav lost so many quality players over the years...sean ervine...Stuart Carlisle...Andy Flower..Tatenda Taibu prematurely to name a few...Y ICC is not making sure that players like Kyle Jarvis...play for their country...A palyer playing for Zim roughly makers that much money in a year tht a player playing for India makers in week.Wake up ICC....

Posted by fernandotorres on (August 18, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

Zimbabwe needs to sort out things asap. And by the look of things, there is only one way they are heading at the moment - Downhill

As a cricket fan, it really breaks my heart to see news like this

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

he really was a talented guy..but i can understand his decision ..n wish him good luck for the future..after the retirement of taibu,ervine and now jarvis..zimbabwe is suffering back to back lossses..

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

The bowling action of this man reminds us mr. Glen Mcgrath of Aussies. I love watching this man bowling. It is really sad for Zim cricket

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

As a supporter of cricket it's very dissappointing that any player leaving his country contract due to lack of money..................but some1 should have stand like him..its a dared decision from jarvis......i think ICC should interface with payment issue of zimbabwe coz if things will go like that then in future may be possible more player may leave zimbabwe team.......then cricket will pay for it along with zimbbwe

Posted by OhhhhhMattyMatty on (August 18, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

Add Sean Ervine, Gary Ballance, Colin de Grandhomme, Tatenda Taibu and James Cameron to the current Zimbabwe squad and they'd be pushing Bangladesh and Australia in Test matches!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

pay is the main dispute,money is everything in life for anybody.he did the best job. If i were in place of him i will do that also

Posted by mahi678 on (August 18, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

sad to hre. In his last ODI- last one in his career played againist india (i presume it s last odi, if any mistake correct me), he is the only bowler who bowled well. he looked like from different team; took wickets of both the openers pujara and dhawan. pure talent going in vain. It all started when zimbabwe was in good form. I remember zim played very well in VB series. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/61141.html

Posted by house_of_stone on (August 18, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

Another nail in the coffin of Zimbabwe cricket, we've lost another talented youngster because of our inability to guarantee them some sort of future. We were hopeful that a turning point had been reached a couple of years back but the incompetance that was there before has reared it's ugly head again and until the present administration leaves it will continue. The ICC came to Zim a few years back and got them to get their shop back in order, I fear that they won't be doing this again and another "self imposed" exile from test cricket is in order.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

Totally wrong decission, you prefer money to your country, shame on you

Posted by Capricorn60 on (August 18, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

Perhaps local politics is sometimes involved in Zimbabwe cricket losing some of their cricketing talent. However players got to also secure maximum financial security when they are still in their prime - so those like Jarvis cannot be blamed for seeking pastures new at this stage in his career. Maybe the ICC can do more to help small countries like Zimb to alleviate this problem. Anyway if Jarvis decides to try to qualify representing another country, he should consider India as we could do with some more young fast bowling talent! :))))

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

Feeling really sorry for Kyle Jarvis. He reminds me of how Pakistan wasted Azhar Mahmood. They both were great and were misused and underutilized by their respective team managements or Cricket Boards

Posted by ahmadmobeenqazi on (August 18, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

It is so sad to learn that Kyle Jarvis has quit international cricket " to pursue a county and global T20 career"; although the main reason, as everybody knows, is financial security. The other Zimbabweans need not hurry and must acknowledge the fact that their Cricket Board is very much in debt and it cannot accept every offer the players come up with. Also, with the self-ban over the team recently lifted, the Zimbabwean test team very badly needs better players to compete against top nations. I honestly think Jarvis was one quality player! He has the pace, and with some good coaching, can better his control in no time as well.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

It sshould be sad day for ICC as they have failed miserably to make a system that could support players all around the world just like football. In football players from all over the world gets equal oppurtunity but this is not the case in cricket. ICC please get your priority right. Players from some countries are earning so much money but with the same time players from other countries are just surviving to remain as cricketers very hopeless...

Posted by borhans on (August 18, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

i saw him playing against Bangaldesh .I actually became his fan after seeing him bowling .This guy is a real talent & natural swinger with good speed .Its really bad for Zimbabwe that they can't keep their talent .Can't blame him but the limited number of match that zimbabwe play he can still pursue his county career after that .Bangladesh players are also doing that .So just to have a county career quiting int career is not the way to go .Maybe he just don't want to live in zimbabwe anymore .Maybe there is the problem lies

Posted by hhillbumper on (August 18, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

It would seem given his poor record in first class cricket he would be better suited to Australian Cricket.Also he could play for their national team in as little as two months so should be cool

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

sad for Zim but not expected lines. Cricket`s footprint is seeing a dramatic fall in the last decade & by end of 2020 it will be a game for, of, by the Sub Continent (read BCCI) unless ICC gets some spine back. If top teams don`t engage with smaller teams, how ill they grow both- skill & revenue wise. Ireland will be the next victim of they are not allowed to play more with top teams.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

i think he should'nt have retired from international cricket he has all rights to participate in english county and earn money but when it comes to play for your nation he would've done both and it would have been easy as zimbabwe don't play that much matches like other teams. its a huge loss for zimbabwe cuz he is a good bowler and zimbabwe's pace attack was gettin better.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

Looks like he is Lancashire bound was thinking did he play with Paul Horton in Zimbabwe

Posted by faizal26 on (August 18, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

Feeling very bad for Zimbabwean cricket. Once showed signs of bright future with Flower brothers, Heath Sreak, Neil Johnson, Marillier etc projecting themselves as good role models for aspiring cricketers in their country. But never thought political and financial problems would be obstacles for them. It seems most of the people have lost interest in cricket too in Zimbabwe. But ultimately the cricketers themselve losing interest in playing for their country is a regretable. But their stand is justifiable. Their have to earn money to manage their life.

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (August 18, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

Wow, never thought that he would leave especially since Zimbabwe would play Pakistan and Sri Lanka next but I understand why he made this decision, he has a family to pay for and you need money to live! He was an expensive and erratic bowler for Zimbabwe but was capable of some wonderful spells. Does this mean that he could potentially qualify for England?

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

Feels sad for Zimbabwe; but not surprised!

Posted by JustIPL on (August 18, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

Although he was the best fast bowler available to zimbabwe, he is still ordinary bowlers and his dream of making money in 2020 leagues may fall apart as there are many bowlers of his abilities. Even county cricket he is not capable of creating havoc for the batsmen. He better should have stayed with Zim and wait for things to improve.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

One more sign that Zimbabwe should not be playing test cricket. They simply do not have the supporters, infrastructure, throughput of players or standard of cricket to warrant it. In the old days (up to the 60's) they were considered to be part of South Africa. Zimbabwe could then be a first class team, not a test team.

Posted by muzika_tchaikovskogo on (August 18, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

A tragic loss for test cricket. Its a pity that test players from smaller teams end up having to make such compromises. I thought he had it in him to be one of Zimbabwe's greats. Instead, Jarvis will end up as just a footnote in the history of the game.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

sad day for zc and cricket. wish he will play for zim again.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

Very unfortunate for Zimbabwe and test cricket but understandable from Jarvis' point of view. If the trend continues, then Zimbabwe cricket will be plunging into a bottomless pit soon.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (August 18, 2013, 13:07 GMT)

While he has a decent FC record in Zimbabwe, this might in part be due to the quality in the FC game in Zimbabwe rather than anything else, and his stats in the other formats look to be like they are those of a good 'pro'.

I will be interested to which Top county has offered him a contract though.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

sad to hear but good for kyle goodluck

Posted by grahaam on (August 18, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

Zimbabwes decline take a large slide, It is now clear that the situation will be irreversible soon and the Irish will be looking on closely this will bolster their bid to replace Zimbabwe at the highest level of International cricket. Zimbabwe cannot perform in this turmoil, and the Pakistan series will be very embarrassing. Chatara etc have effectively lost a mentor because he was the guy that had played elsewhere who they could turn to for advice etc. ZC get you financial priorities right , downgrade your company cars , laptops, expenses claims etc quickly !! otherwise you simply wont have any of these things ...your raw material is running out!

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

very sad icc should think about this type of players to help

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 11:43 GMT)

People with talent will not stay. I wish him all the best

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

Disaster for Zimbabwe cricket.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

I havn't followed cricket outside big 8 teams lately(still heard about Jarvis a lot) but the demise of cricketers from already a low quantity pool is sad. I think ICC should do some work here. It needs to organize some sort of T20 leagues in countries like Zim so that atleast they benefit financially. ICC should mandate its associate nations( including India) to send in a min number of players to these kind of leagues. This will also expose them to international competition. A shorter league of say 2 weeks can be a good start.

Posted by AKS286 on (August 18, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

Sad but understood, He is a perfect pace bowler with competitive International quality, Zim cricket faces another huge loss. ALL the BEST KJ.

Posted by MrGarreth on (August 18, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

Sad, very sad for Zim but you can't blame Jarvis. Cricketers have to capitalize as much as possible while they can. Make hay while the the sun shines so to speak. It's unfortunate Zim (and perhaps the ICC) can't give their cricketers an opportunity to live off this career. Zim cricket will continue to fall apart if the ZCB and the ICC don't do something about this. Taibu, Jarvis and Balance are MASSIVE losses for Zim. World class cricketers gone. No wonder Zim can't get to the standards of the top teams.

Posted by ZCFOutkast on (August 18, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

Goodbye Kyle! Thanks for your brief service. Maybe the conditions in England will help you repeat your decent Plunkett Shield returns.

In truth he was largely an expensive one-wicket-per-innings new-ball bowler for us in Tests. I'm still in stitches over the "pursue a global T20 career" though. A "travelling gypsy incapable of bowling 4 inexpensive overs" is what he was labelled following a T20 stint at the Stags. Overall he was arguably Zim's worst ever ODI&T20 seamer so he won't be missed at all since those are the matches marginalised Zim is mostly involved in.

There were several times when your performances were begging for you to be dropped but ZC persisted with you. Add to that patience, faith, plus support through injury early in your career, and I'd like to think you got more out of Zim than they did out of you.

The trend is very clear - Sean, Ireland, ColindG, Ballance, Craig, Kyle. Let this be a lesson to ZC that they must choose the makeup of players to back very wisely!!

Posted by Scrop on (August 18, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

I can understand Jarvis. I would have done the same had I had to face a similar situation.

I think ICC needs to step in do something about the financial poor countries.

No good if ICC just continue to talk about popularizing cricket and stay dumb. I think ICC should pay the player salaries of financially poor countries and give their players a sense of job security and continual income. If not, these nations gonna see more Jarvis.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 10:51 GMT)

Best of Luck,Kyle.Looking forward to see you in county cricket.

Posted by QTS_ on (August 18, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

Was it not possible to play county cricket and Zimbabwe?

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

Very shocking news for Zimbabwe and World Cricket. Saw him bowling against INDIA awesome bowling by him. He can be the Zimbabwe's Top Bowler and take them in Good International Cricket

Posted by EnglishCricket on (August 18, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

Can't really blame him. The board have only themselves to blame for not caring for their players. Pakistan series coming up will be really tough for the team now.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (August 18, 2013, 10:37 GMT)

This exodus is going to hurt Zimbabwe Cricket further.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (August 18, 2013, 10:36 GMT)

I'm not a Zimbabwe fan but still very happy for Kyle Jarvis. Very underrated fast bowler and his record like the article mentions is pretty good plus he's very young and I'm sure he will become even more lethal as a fast bowler in his new stint in England. Even some of his Zimbabwean counterparts are playing County Cricket and are succeeding and I'm sure he will do.

Posted by GreenDeviln on (August 18, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

Why? Just why? He was only hope for Zim in pace department after Streak. Could have been a great player like Flower, Streak..

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

Kyle Jarvis has been good young player for Zimbabwe. It is always sad, when anyone has to move out due to unavoidable circumstances. I wish him best of luck in his future endeavours. Hope that Zimbabwe will find suitable replacement soon.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

Just when Zim was starting to put together a decent seam attack this happens. All the best Kyle please go there and be the best you can . Far out Zim cricket administration is beyond disappointing its run by a bunch of incompetent monkeys

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

he is a good bowler, should have stayed and represented his country. Look forward to see him more in county cricket.

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

Very cool indeed. Give Mark Vermeulen a call up, he will assume any role he will get to prolong his international career..........

Posted by   on (August 18, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

Oh man, that is a devastating blow for Zimbabwe.

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