Mangongo frustrated at Jarvis withdrawal

National Cricket team assistant coach Steven Mangongo has described bowler Kyle Jarvis’ withdrawal from the squad to play Pakistan as a “massive blow” to Zimbabwe.

“It’s not easy to produce an international player. It takes years of coaching and resources, then we lose him at the blink of an eye. As a coach it is frustrating because our player base is too thin to keep losing players,” he said.

Zimbabwe host Pakistan in the first Twenty20 match at Harare Sports Club tomorrow without one of their top seamer, who recently pulled out to take up a lucrative county cricket contract.

Jarvis told his employers Zimbabwe Cricket that he had not turned his back on international cricket and that given his age, the three-year contract with Lancashire County Cricket Club in England provided a unique opportunity to mature as a player who would then give more back later, than he has been doing now.

Brian Vittori and Tinashe Panyangara are expected to lead the pace in Jarvis and Chris Mpofu’s absence. The tour opens tomorrow with the second Twenty20 match scheduled the Saturday afternoon.

In addition to the two T20 matches, Harare Sports Club will also host three One-Day International matches on the 27th, the 29th and the 31st of this month and the first Test match, which starts on September 3. The tour will then move to Bulawayo for the second and final Test match, set for the Queens Sports Club on September 10-14.

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