Former Zimbabwe bowling coach Heath Streak insists that he is not surprised by the unexpected retirement of fast bowler Kyle Jarvis from international cricket.
Jarvis’ decision to quit and take up an English county contract at Lancashire on a three-year deal came following a late payment of salaries by Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) hence the fast bowler cited that he needed adequate job security.
The 24-year-old had played eight Tests picking up 30 wickets, 24 One-Day Internationals with 27 wickets and nine Twenty20s collecting 10 wickets from 2009 to date.
In 2009, Streak identified Jarvis at Tuks Academy in Pretoria before luring him back home with assistance from Alistair Campbell.
Streak, who is Zimbabwe’s all time leading wicket-taker in Tests (216 wickets) and One-Day Internationals (237 wickets), expressed disappointment over the loss of such a gem.
He said: "I think it’s a big loss for Zimbabwean cricket. We invested a lot in some of these players and its sad to see them just walk away.
"Again it’s not surprising especially with the way these players have been treated. They are not valued as professionals if you look at the late payments issues."
Last Tuesday, the national squad failed to start up its camp ahead of the home series against Pakistan as they boycotted over late payments.
However, Jarvis joins the long queue of Zimbabwean players that have turned their backs on the national team to play either County cricket or club cricket around the world. This has been largely caused by financially related matters which players are unhappy with.
Other players that have paved the way for Jarvis include Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Anthony Ireland (Gloucestershire), Sean Ervine (Hampshire) , Craig Ervine, James Cameron (Worcestershire), Colin de Grandhomme (New Zealand) just to name a few.
Some players like Tatenda Taibu, Barney Rogers, Andy Blignaut also to name a few have resorted to calling time on the gentleman’s game.
"You can’t blame some of these players on the decisions they make. We see people like Gary Ballance decide to play county; you better ask the question, why?
"The way these guys have been treated is like they are not professionals. That’s why Tatenda (Taibu), Dougie (Hondo), Andy (Blignaut), Pommie (Mbangwa), Dougie Marillier have ended their careers prematurely.
"A lot of these guys could have been still around, they could be still playing but they are not. What’s the problem? Until the players are treated as valueable products this trend will continue," he said.
In his heyday, Streak played county cricket for Hampshire and Warwickshire and he has no doubt Jarvis will make the grade at Lancashire.
"I can’t doubt that he will make an impact because you are judged according to your performances and you get treatment like you are a professional. Everything is perfect for one as a player," he said.
In Zimbabwe, Jarvis played for Mashonaland Eagles and in New Zealand’s Plunkett Shield for Central Districts.
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