Jarvis to make return to Zimbabwe cricket


Seam bowler Kyle Jarvis will leave English county side Lancashire and return to play international cricket for Zimbabwe, the player has confirmed.

The 28-year-old Jarvis signed for Lancashire in 2013, just two years after making his international debut, on a Kolpak deal making him ineligible to represent his country.

The right-arm pacer established himself as one of the county’s top performers over the last four years but has now chosen not to see out his contract which would have expired at the end of next season.

Jarvis’ comeback follows that of Brendan Taylor who also decided to return to the international fold following a successful stint in England with Nottinghamshire.

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Jarvis said: “I have absolutely loved my time at Lancashire over the last four years. It’s a very special place and I have made some fantastic friends here.

“I am immensely proud to have played a part in the history of this great club. I would like to thank everyone that for making me feel part of it.

“It has been a really hard decision to make to return to Zimbabwe, but the opportunity to return home and play international cricket is something I really want to do.

“I would like to thank (Lancashire coach) Glen Chapple and the club for releasing me, and I wish them well, in what is a hugely exciting time for Lancashire as a whole, both on the playing perspective and how they are to grow the game in the county.”

Lancashire head coach Glen Chapple said: “The club completely respects Kyle’s wishes to go back home and play international cricket for Zimbabwe and it’s a great opportunity for him to show what he can do against some of the best players in the world.

“We are obviously going to miss Kyle in the changing room and on the pitch.

“On behalf of the whole coaching staff, players and everyone at the club, I’d like to wish Kyle every success in the future. He will always be welcomed back to Emirates Old Trafford.”

Zimbabwe head coach Heath Streak is excited to have the 28-year-old pace bowler back playing in and for his country of birth.

Streak said: “Kyle has had a few great years in county cricket and has been a consistent performer there, so we are very excited to have one of our Zimbabwean boys back.

“He was desperate to come back and represent his country again in international cricket. His return bolsters our strength in terms of our grip and we are very happy to have Kyle back and I know he is happy to be coming back home.”