Jarvis quits international cricket

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Zimbabwe fast bowler Kyle Jarvis announced his retirement from international cricket on Sunday.

Zimbabwe fast bowler Kyle Jarvis announced his retirement from international cricket on Sunday.

Jarvis has withdrawn from the squad for this month's series against Pakistan to, instead, oblige a contract offer from English county Lancashire – and stated he will not return to play cricket in Zimbabwe.

The 24-year-old's resignation has capped a week which saw the players form a union in order to dispute – and later agree – terms of payment of match fees with the Zimbabwe Cricket Board.

"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," he said in a statement.

"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 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."

Right-armer Jarvis took 30 wickets in eights Tests and 27 in 24 ODIs, while nine Twent20 Internationals brought him 10 scalps. His exit will hamper a seam attack already without the services of the injured Chris Mpofu.

The full tour, which will feature two T20Is, three ODIs and two Tests, will get underway at the Harare Sports Club on Friday.

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