Kyle Jarvis

Kyle Jarvis, the former Zimbabwe fast bowler, shocked many followers of the game when he announced his retirement from international cricket in April 2013. Jarvis, who was just 24 at that time of his retirement was considered an excellent prospect for his country, having taken 30 wickets in eight Tests and 27 wickets in 24 ODIs. His development in T20Is for Zimbabwe was also very promising where he had picked up 10 wickets in nine games.

In an exclusive interview with, the fast-bowler who is currently playing for Lancashire, spoke about his decision to quit international cricket at a young age, how Zimbabwe cricket can improve its international standing, the upcoming tour of Pakistan by Zimbabwe, his future aspirations and tips that he picked up from Junaid Khan in the previous season with Lancashire.
Excerpts from an interview: : How tough was it to give up international cricket at the age of 24?
Kyle Jarvis (KJ): Yes it was a big decision, but it was the right one at the time. I’m happy with how everything has turned out.

PakPassion (PP): Any regrets about making that decision to quit international cricket which obviously means missing out on major tournaments like the World Cup?
KJ: I would have liked to have helped out a bit more and done a bit more for Zimbabwe, but I’m happy where I am and my future is with Lancashire.

PP: What do you feel Zimbabwe cricket needs to do to make their team more competitive at the highest level?
KJ: Obviously over the last few years they have had their problems, but they have taken some positive steps and are heading in the right direction with Alistair Campbell and Dav Whatmore, I think the future is bright for Zimbabwe cricket. To have someone like Whatmore, who has coached some of the best teams in the world, and Alistair Campbell, who has played all around the world means that they will be pushing things in the right direction. At the World Cup, they were competitive for large parts of the game and for long periods which hadn’t been happening previously and that was heartening to see. They put up some good performances but fell short at the end of games and hopefully Whatmore can work with the players on that side of the game and get that little bit extra that is needed to go on and win games rather than just being competitive for large parts of the match and then falling short.

PP: We’ve seen Brendan Taylor also turn his back on Zimbabwe cricket and sign for Nottinghamshire. It must be worrying times for Zimbabwe Cricket to keep losing its best players? 
KJ: Yes, it is worrying. Brendan did a lot for Zimbabwe Cricket and his decision was for his family. It’s a difficult one and everyone has to look at their own situation and circumstances before they make such a big decision. However, I think Zimbabwe cricket is definitely heading in the right direction now, despite Brendan not being available to them.

PP: Zimbabwe is set to become the first international team to tour Pakistan in six years. How do you think they will perform in Pakistan?
KJ: I’m sure the fans in Pakistan are very excited about this series and there will be huge expectations. I’m sure Pakistan will be raring to go. I think it will be an exciting and competitive series, but it will be tough for Zimbabwe in those conditions, I’m sure Zimbabwe will play well, be competitive and put up a good show.

PP: Recently the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations suggested that Zimbabwe shouldn’t tour Pakistan due to safety concerns. What are your thoughts on Zimbabwe touring Pakistan?
KJ: I’m sure the tour would not have got the go-ahead from the Zimbabwean side if they didn’t feel it was safe. The security delegation and other officials have been to Pakistan and they will have made sure that everything is alright. It’s a good thing that international cricket is returning to Pakistan. It’s great for Pakistan cricket and for the country and the cricketing community.

PP: What goals have you set yourself at Lancashire?
KJ: It’s no secret that I started my career at Lancashire last year badly, but so far this year has gone really well. It’s a big club, a really good club to be at and I want to establish myself in the team and be part of the club for a long time to come. I want to be part of a winning Lancashire team, do my best for them and help take the team forward. If I can do my bit, that will be great.

PP: You were working under Peter Moores last season and this season it’s Ashley Giles. How do the two coaches compare?
KJ: Peter Moores brought me into Lancashire and his style of coaching was very technical in the way he went about things and it was very strategic. With Ashley, it’s a lot more laid back and he is more of a man-manager. They have two very different coaching styles but both are very good coaches.

PP: Is playing in domestic leagues around the world particularly in Twenty20 leagues, the way forward for you?
KJ: Yes, I think so. Obviously the English County season lasts six months and previously I’ve played some cricket in New Zealand in their domestic Twenty20 competition and hopefully in future I can get involved in the Caribbean Premier League or one of the other Twenty20 leagues around the world.

PP: What’s it been like playing alongside Peter Siddle at Lancashire this season?
KJ: It’s been great! We’ve bounced a few ideas off each other during this season. He has a vast knowledge of the game and he’s been playing international cricket for a long time and has tremendous experience having played all over the world. It’s really beneficial to have the opportunity to play alongside someone like Peter as you can only improve by listening to his advice and watching him bowl.

PP: You played alongside Junaid Khan last season. Did you pick up any tips from him?
KJ: Yes, I learnt how to move my feet away from fast in-swinging yorkers when batting. It was incredible how consistent he was with the yorkers. He is one of the finest death bowlers I have ever seen or played with. He’s a brilliant cricketer.

(Saj Sadiq is Senior Editor at, from where the above article has been reproduced. He can be followed on Twitter at @Saj_PakPassion. The above article first appeared in  PakPassion


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