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Kyle Jarvis returns home to Zimbabwe

Kyle Jarvis returns home to Zimbabwe

Kyle Jarvis returns home to Zimbabwe

Lancashire County Cricket Club can confirm that bowler Kyle Jarvis is to return to Zimbabwe to play international cricket.

The fast bowler has asked and been granted permission to be released from his contract which was due to expire at the end of the next season to play international cricket for Zimbabwe, having already played eight Tests before joining Lancashire.

Jarvis moved to Emirates Old Trafford in 2013 and has gone on to be the Club's leading wicket taker in that time, taking 50 First Class wickets in both 2015 and 2016. In 2017, he's taken 37 wickets at an average of just over 22 in the Specsavers County Championship.

The 28 year-old took his best figures for Lancashire of 6/61 against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl just last month.

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 that I really want to do.

“I would like to thank 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.

"There is a fantastic group of players in the Lancashire changing room and I wish them all the very best of luck in the years ahead."

In 2015, Jarvis played an important role in the Lancashire side that won promotion back to Division One of the Specsavers County Championship and helped the Club win its maiden NatWest T20 Blast title.

Lancashire Head Coach Glen Chapple commented, "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."

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