Jarvis played in Zimbabwe’s warm-up match before the first two one-day internationals but struggled with pain in the lower back throughout the first week of the tour which comprises five ODIs.
Shingi Rhuhwaya, the Zimbabwe media and communication manager told RadioVOP that Jarvis has been ruled out of the series against West Indies.
“Kyle went for an MRI scan in Guyana during the second match against the
West Indies and the stress fracture was clear,” said physiotherapist Amato
Machikicho. “There are still several diagnostics to be done so we can’t be
certain of the extent of the injury or the prognosis, but he will certainly
be out of cricket for a minimum of three months and probably longer.”
Jarvis, 21, was understandably disappointed but vowed to fight back: “I’m not the first fast bowler to have this sort of injury and I won’t be the last. I know it will take a lot of work to regain fitness but I’m determined to get back to playing international cricket as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile Zimbabwe will be looking to edge closer to becoming the latest visiting side to make history in the Caribbean, when the third one-day international against West Indies is contested on Wednesday at the Arnos Vale Multiplex in Kingstown, St Vincent.
Zimbabwe have never beaten West Indies in a bilateral ODI series, but the conditions, and their opponents’ penchant for self-destruction have combined to enhance their chances of creating their own bit of cricket history.
The five ODI series is currently level at 1-1, after the Zimbabweans won the first ODI last Thursday by two runs, and the hosts rebounded last Saturday to take the second ODI by four wickets.
The pitch at the Arnos Vale Multiplex is notoriously slow and low, and the Zimbabwe spin bowlers should again prosper and continue to put a squeeze on the feeble West Indies batting.
The Zimbabweans have suffered a setback with the news that Kyle Jarvis has been ruled out of the remainder of the series, after suffering a stress fracture in his lower back.
This will hurt Zimbabwe’s plans of fortifying their bowling attack, since the specialist seam bowlers they have tried in the series have been disappointing.