He is saying goodbye to all forms of cricket
After a year of illness and injury, Zimbabwean fast bowler Kyle Jarvis has decided to hang his boots from all formats of cricket. Jarvis called time on his cricket career after returning 132 wickets in the 84 international games, including 46 Test wickets, 58 ODI ones, 28 in T20I, and 320 first-class wickets.
The Zimbabwean pacer made his ODI debut in 2009 and had his first Test and T20I outing in 2011. In 2003, he decided to retire from international cricket to pursue a county contract in Lancashire, England. At the time, Zimbabwe Cricket was facing financial woes, including payment delays to players. Hence, the move to join county cricket was driven by the hope of financial security.
He signed up as a non-overseas player for a three-year deal with the club, where he would later become one of the club’s most valuable players. He was exceptional in the first-class circuit, taking 320 scalps at 25.57, with 15 four-wicket hauls, 18 fifers, and a couple of 10-wicket hauls. Furthermore, he also walked away with 1153 runs at 14.23 with a solitary half-century under his belt.
Unfortunately, this county deal saw him miss the 2015 World Cup, and sadly, Kyle Jarvis will exit without having played in a fifty-over World Cup.
Four years later, he returned to Zimbabwe in September 2017 to play international cricket once again.
Since his return to international cricket, Kyle Jarvis competed in 5 Tests and took 16 wickets at 25.12, including 7 for 98 in a game versus Bangladesh in Dhaka in November 2018. Additionally, he played 25 ODIs in which he took 31 wickets at an average of 27.96, lower than his average of 36.00.
Jarvis enjoyed a successful return to international cricket, but this was quickly marred by a series of illnesses and injuries that forced him out of the field in 2020. He sustained a severe back injury in the first Test against Sri Lanka at the beginning of 2020. This was closely followed by illnesses, including COVID-19, malaria, and tick-bite fever.
It was after this series of misgivings that Jarvis announced his retirement. Yet, he admits that this decision was not an easy one to make. It took him a long time to fully come to grips with it.
While he has made a full recovery, the 32-year-old retiree has a sense of pride in representing his country well. He told Cricbuzz, “Every day wearing the Zimbabwe badge is a highlight, and I was very fortunate to be able to represent my country over a 10-year career.” Additionally, he says he will miss walking out onto the field in an international with his close friends.
Kyle Jarvis’s retirement comes hot on the heels of former Zimbabwean skipper Elton Chigumbura’s exit from international cricket.
As Jarvis announces retirement, he has not entirely left the world of sports. He hopes to get involved in coaching to give back to Zimbabwe cricket while exploring several other business interests.
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