Jarvis eyes England career

LONDON – Former Zimbabwe seamer Kyle Jarvis has revealed his intention to qualify for England after agreeing a three-year deal with Lancashire.

Jarvis only announced his decision to turn his back on his home country at the weekend, citing a desire to "pursue a county and global T20 career".

The recent pay disputes in Zimbabwean cricket also prompted the 24-year-old's defection, after he had recently established himself as their most promising new-ball bowler.

Jarvis has taken 30 wickets in eight Tests but, subject to registration, will now join Lancashire's push for promotion as a non-overseas player.

"I am delighted to be joining Lancashire on a three-year contract," he told the club's website.

"Playing county cricket has been an ambition of mine for a number of years and the opportunity to forge a career in England was one that was too good to miss.

"I have loved my time playing for Zimbabwe, and I am extremely grateful for the part they have played in my development, but I feel the time is right to take on a new challenge and a new career.

"Reaching this decision has been an incredibly difficult process but I intend to make a home for myself in Manchester and hope my stay at Lancashire far outlasts this initial contract.

"My future is with Lancashire and in the county game with an end goal of potentially becoming English qualified in the future."

Lancashire cricket director Mike Watkinson said: "The opportunity to sign someone of Kyle's age and potential does not arise very often, and we feel he will be a great addition to our bowling attack for many years to come."

It is not certain when Jarvis will be available for his debut, with Lancashire saying the right-armer would link up with the county "in the near future". – Agencies

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