Zimbabwe pacer, Kyle Jarvis announced his retirement from all forms of cricket at the age of 32. The major reason behind putting a full stop to his cricketing career at an early age was the injuries & illnesses which he suffered in the last one & a half years.
Jarvis during his International career has scalped 132 wickets in 84 international matches that he has played. Of which 46 are test wickets, 58 ODI wickets, 28 wickets in T20Is & 320 first-class wickets. The last match which Jarvis played for Zimbabwe was a test match against Sri Lanka in Harare in January 2020. However, during the Harare test, he suffered a lower back injury. When Jarvis recovered & returned back to the field for training, he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and a bout of malaria and tick bite fever at the same time.
“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. “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”, Jarvis added.
“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 international cricket 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 look forward to working with Zimbabwe Cricket in some capacity going forward. Want to give back to the game which gave me so much”, concluded Jarvis.
Jarvis had made his ODI debut in 2009 while he eventually made his test & T20I debut in the year 2011. In the year 2013, Jarvis decided to retire from International Cricket to pursue County Contract with Lancashire in England. He returned to Zimbabwe in September 2017 to play International Cricket once again.
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