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Streak sad but not surprised by Jarvis' decision

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 18, 2013

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Kyle Jarvis bowls, West Indies v Zimbabwe, 1st Test, Barbados, 2nd day, March 13, 2013
Heath Streak said that cricketers like Kyle Jarvis could not be blamed for choosing to play cricket overseas when they were not treated like professionals at home © West Indies Cricket
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Heath Streak, the former Zimbabwe captain, said that pacer Kyle Jarvis' retirement from international cricket was a big loss to the team, but stated he was not surprised by the bowler's decision.

Jarvis, who played eight Tests and 24 ODIs for Zimbabwe, quit international cricket on Sunday to take up an offer from an English county and said that he would not return to play cricket in Zimbabwe.

"I think it's a big loss for Zimbabwean cricket. We invested a lot in some of these players and its sad to see them just walk away," Streak told the website Cricketworld.com. "Again it's not surprising especially with the way these players have been treated. They are not valued as professionals, if you look at the late payments issues."

Jarvis' retirement is the latest in a string of problems facing Zimbabwe, including the stand-off between the players and the board over delayed payments. His absence will also weaken the Zimbabwe side as they take on Pakistan in a home series starting next week.

Citing the instance of Zimbabwe-born batsman Gary Ballance, who plays for Yorkshire and has also represented the England Lions, Streak said that cricketers could not be blamed for taking such decisions. He also said that the trend of cricketers opting to go overseas would continue unless they were treated well.

"You can't blame some of these players on the decisions they make. We see people like Gary Ballance decide to play county; you better ask the question 'Why?' The way these guys have been treated is like they are not professionals. That's why Tatenda (Taibu), Dougie (Hondo), Andy (Blignaut), Pommie (Mbangwa), Dougie Marillier have ended their careers prematurely," Streak said. "A lot of these guys could have still been around, they could be still playing but they are not. What's the problem? Until the players are treated as valuable products, this trend will continue."

Streak said the county experience would be beneficial for Jarvis. "I can't doubt that he will make an impact because you are judged according to your performances and you get treatment like you are a professional. Everything is perfect for one as a player," he said.

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

Well u never know...This might be for the best...He may get more exposure and training facilities and he might return in the future..He is only 24....Many people returned to Zim..The main problem is the country's issues are affecting its sports which is sad.

Posted by   on (August 19, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

I don't see a way out for Zim cricket from this. Poor management skills along with troubled national situations are forcing the best of Zim out of Zim in search of greener pastures. I personally feel that the ICC has a larger role to play in this. They should step in to provide financial as well as managerial support to the faltering Zim cricket. My worries are that, this should not become a global trend. Smaller nations cannot afford to be labelled as "feeder" nations to bigger countries and leagues. Players like Jarvis' move is not an exception to cricket but an ever growing threat to the sanity of cricket. Its an appeal to the ICC from me and many of the cricket lovers across the world to stop the "brain drain" of talented sports persons in such shameful fashions...

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

@ZCF_Outkast, simplistic take on things as usual, I see. There are literally millions of black Zimbabweans who have left for greener pastures in the last decade, and yet you would have Jarvis and other guys who could compete at top level hang around in Zimbabwe and be 'loyal' to a board that does not treat them right. Maybe ZC would not be broke if it looked after its main asset and had less of a bloated executive. Mark my words mate, it will not be long before more of your loyal black players join Jarvis in quitting and our team is chucked out of tests again.

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

I wish Kyle Jarvis all the best in England. I think he will do really well. He will get the support he needs there. If they can sort out his no-ball problem then he will become a really good bowler in English conditions in all forms of the game. Jarvis was the best performed bowler in the recent series taking 4/128 off his 28 overs at an average of 32 despite the fact he was dropped for the 3rd and 4th ODIs in the recent series against India. Jarvis was heavily criticised for his no-ball problems, but his fielders certainly didn't help matters either. I have never seen so many catches dropped. Jarvis could have taken an extra 50 wickets in Tests and ODIs had he been backed up by a competent international-standard fielding side, but sadly he wasn't. It is hard to see Zimbabwean cricket going anywhere now. If anything I would expect more defections. Zimbabwe just have too many problems off the field to ever hope to do anything worthwhile on it, unfortunately.

Posted by Zeyad68 on (August 19, 2013, 3:58 GMT)

Really Dissapointed on Kyle Jarvis decision.........He was the best Zimbabwean bowler I have ever seen......

Posted by android_user on (August 19, 2013, 3:53 GMT)

right choice by jar goodluck

Posted by Anti_ZCFOutkast on (August 19, 2013, 0:53 GMT)

Zimbabwe cannot sustain a competitive team while our players continue to defect.

Posted by ZCFOutkast on (August 18, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

Streak you're being unrealistic. ZC is in debt. Quit bad mouthing ZC because you were dumped as a coach for being a divisive influence. Taibu left to do God's work, not commerce. Hondo is still playing cricket. He was dropped from representing Zim for not grooming to the standards required of a ZIm professional cricketer. He continued to play FC cricket in Zim but back injuries took their toll to a point where he wasn't better than the options we have. Mbangwa has arguably our worst Strike Rate for a bowler in Tests&ODIs. Him(&Nkala) continued to play in our FC competition but again were just not good enough!

Be accurate in your assessment. The big difference is guys like Dougie, Blignaut & a whole host of other cricketers - overwhelmingly white, have "options". Not genuine Africans. They permanently choose UK or business. We have many black cricketers who leave but out of love, return from better pay to play for Zim when called upon(Zhuwao, Sibanda etc). They are loyal, not turncoat!

Posted by katandthat3 on (August 18, 2013, 21:18 GMT)

Spot on Heath, it shows the bigger issues that everyone is aware of except ZC and the ICC. I really rate Jarvis, I think we'll see him back in international cricket down the track but a smart move at the moment with the players being treated so shabbily.

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