Brian Vitori, Zimbabwe’s left-arm fast-medium bowler, was on Thursday (March 8) suspended from bowling in international cricket for a third time with immediate effect after his action was deemed illegal by the event panel of the World Cup Qualifier 2018 currently underway in Zimbabwe.
Vitori last played a One-Day International on Tuesday, taking 2 for 31 in a two-run win over Afghanistan, but he had been reported by the match officials following the List A game in the same tournament against Nepal on Sunday, a release from the International Cricket Council said.
As per Article 3.6.2 of the ICC Illegal Bowling Regulations, the release added, Vitori’s action was filmed in the next match – against Afghanistan — and the footage of his bowling spells provided Helen Bayne and Mark King of the event panel, both members of the ICC Panel of Human Movement Specialists, for analysis and assessment.
Following a review, the Bayne and King arrived at the conclusion that Vitori employed an illegal action. Therefore, under Article 6.5 of the regulations, he was suspended from bowling in international cricket instantaneously.
Vitori will continue to remain on suspension until an assessment of his bowling action at an ICC-approved testing center, which must pass his action as legal.
Vitori, 28, has 48 international wickets in 39 matches across the three formats. He was originally suspended from bowling in January 2016, and allowed to resume bowling in June that same year following an independent assessment which found his action legal.
He was reported for a second time in November 2016, and suspended for 12 months in December that year when it was found that his flexion infringed the permissible limit. He was eventually allowed to bowl for a second time in January his year after undergoing tests in Pretoria that gave him a clean chit.
Richard Ngarava, another left-arm paceman, will replace Vitori in the Zimbabwe squad for the rest of the tournament. Ngarava, 20, has previously played six One-Day Internationals, taking eight wickets with a best of 2 for 37.