As Jarvis says goodbye
Robson Sharuko Senior Sports Editor KYLE Jarvis became the latest high-profile cricketer to turn his back on Zimbabwe and sign for an English county side saying the pay dispute was the last straw that convinced him to take his talents elsewhere.Craig Ervine rejected a winter contract to play club cricket in England and reports indicate that the big-hitting Charles Coventry could also be on his way there too. The 24-year-old Jarvis had turned himself into the pace spearhead of the Zimbabwe cricket team, taking 30 wickets in eights Tests, at an average of 31.73 and 27 wickets in 21 One-Day Internationals. “I have held off a few opportunities over the last few months but my decision was made about a week ago when the pay disputes arose and I felt my time to leave had come,” Jarvis said in a statement released at the weekend.
The ZC are battling, against massive odds, to push their books back into the black and the latest financial reports, as highlighted by their chairman Peter Chingoka, shows that they brought down their losses by about US$4,2 million last year. ZC will record losses of about US$1 million in each of the three tours by Bangladesh, Pakistan, who arrived in Harare yesterday, and Sri Lanka and that will chew whatever they might have made during the recent tour of India.
But, against such a tough operational background, ZC have certainly moved mountains just to keep the franchises, which they bankroll, functional and also keeping the game alive by hosting tours, which are expensive but necessary for the game’s development. Sri Lanka players, who will be the last to tour here this year, spent months without being paid last year as their board, Sri Lanka Cricket, faced serious financial challenges as its losses slipped past the US$69 million mark.
As late as March this year, Sri Lanka Cricket froze 23 of their top players from international cricket, because of a stalemate over contract terms, while in the previous year the players had played for four months of international cricket without contracts because of a dispute with their mother body. New Zealand Cricket projected a loss of US$8 million for the past year but a strong financial performance, helped in no small part by an eight-year sponsorship and media deal, saw the losses contained to just about US$2 million.
Jarvis has chosen to commit himself to Lancashire County Cricket, for the next three years, but while he is unlikely to plunge into pay disputes with his new employers, their financial books should tell him a story that Zimbabwe Cricket are not alone in their battle for financial health in a tough operating environment. Lancashire reported losses, which chairman Michael Cairns described as “substantial”, of £1,5 million (about US$2,34 million) for the year 2012, with the impact of the redevelopment of Old Trafford cricket ground, which came with lengthy and costly legal battles, weighing down on their finances.
It was the fourth successive financial year that Lancashire had recorded a significant loss in their statements.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The HeraldSimilar Stories