Zimbabwe paceman Kyle Jarvis on Thursday announced retirement from all forms of cricket. The 32-ear-old has featured in 84 international games in his career spanning over nine years. This includes 13 Tests, 49 ODIs, and 22 T20Is, scalping 46, 58, and 26 wickets, respectively.
A player whose paced touched 145kph on numerous occasions had a career laden with injuries, which his among his primary reasons for his decision to retire. Just last year he sustained a back injury and also suffered from other health problems including malaria and even contracting COVID-19.
“It was a very difficult decision having to retire and it’s something that took me a long time to come to grips with. Nobody wants to stop doing the thing they love,” he said on Thursday, speaking on his retirement. “After my back injury last year, there was a lot of uncertainty whether I would be able to bowl again. After six to eight months out, I was lucky enough to make a full recovery but I knew I had to start planning for the future.”
“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,” Jarvis said. “I will miss walking out onto the field in an international with a close group of friends. A special thank you to my friends, family, Zimbabwe Cricket and Lancashire County Cricket Club for all the support over the years.
“I have a business which is fairly new which needs my full attention for now, but I look forward to working with Zimbabwe Cricket in some capacity going forward,” Jarvis said. “I certainly want to give back to the game which gave me so much.”
Kyle Jarvis made his ODI debut in 2009 in a match against Kenya at Harare. He eventually made his Test debut in 2011. The player had decided to quit playing international cricket in 2013 to play English County Cricket for Lancashire. However, he made his comeback in the national side in 2017.
His first season for Lancashire was not impressive at all but the following season he sprang back brilliantly. He took 62 Championship wickets as Lancashire won promotion and eventually he became the division’s leading wicket-taker. However, his season was marred by a broken hand, forcing him to quit. In 2016, he again regained his status as the leading wicket-taker of Lancashire with 51 wickets.
Apart from international games, he has also featured in 84 FC games, as many List A games, and 63 T20s, taking 320, 107, and 65 wickets in the matches, respectively.
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