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Jarvis off to NZ

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ZIMBABWE cricket team fast bowler Kyle Jarvis leaves the country for New Zealand on Friday for his second stint at Central Districts ahead of the start of 2012–2013 HRV Cup, the official Twenty20 (T20) domestic cricket competition in that country.

REPORT BY DANIEL NHAKANISO

The Mashonaland Eagles opening bowler is expected to fill the void which has been left by the team’s leading bowlers Doug Bracewell and veteran Jacob Oram, who are with the touring New Zealand side in South Africa.

Jarvis (23), who has been one of the leading bowlers in the Zimbabwe squad since his return to the national fold last year, said he was delighted at the opportunity of playing abroad.

“I’m very excited to have been given another opportunity in New Zealand again this year. I learned a lot during my first stint and I’m looking forward to learning more again this year and hopefully I’ll be able to help Central Districts get some good results.”

While in New Zealand, Jarvis will play in Central Districts’ entire HRV T20 Cup campaign and two additional matches in the Plunket Shield, New Zealand’s four-day domestic competition.

“I’m looking forward to featuring in all of Districts’ matches in the HRV Cup and two matches in the first-class cricket competition before I head back home at the end of January,” said Jarvis.

Jarvis will be hoping to resurrect Districts’ campaign in the T20 competition after they lost their first two matches to Northern Districts and Wellington on November 23 and December 7, respectively.

He is expected to arrive in New Zealand ahead of Districts’ match againist Wellington on December 26.

The 23-year-old opening bowler had a good first stint with the same side during last year’s Plunket Shield, New Zealand’s four-day domestic competition.

Jarvis has been one of the leading bowlers in the Zimbabwe cricket team since making his return to the side after being out of the international scene for a year and a half due to a combination of injury and poor form.

After his New Zealand excursion, Jarvis will be expected to return to the Zimbabwe Cricket team ahead of their tour of the West Indies.

Zimbabwe cricket team captain Brendan Taylor, who last year featured for Wellington in New Zealand, is not returning for a second stint and has instead set his sights for a return to the second season of the Bangladesh Premier League which begins on January 18.

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