With two wins in two matches, Zimbabwe are in a roll in the ICC World Cup qualifiers. But they have been hit with a bad news on Thursday. Pacer Brian Vitori has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect after his action was found to be illegal.
This is the third time Vitori has been suspended by ICC for his bowling action. He was reported by the match officials during the World Cup Qualifiers, will remain suspended until he undergoes an assessment of his bowling action at an ICC approved testing centre – only a positive outcome from the testing would facilitate his return to international cricket.
Having received his first suspension in January 2016, he was permitted to resume bowling in June 2016 after an independent reassessment. However, in November that same year, he was reported for an illegal action during an ODI against Sri Lanka and was suspended from bowling for 12 months.
ICC released a statement on Vitori’s bowling action: “As per Article 3.6.2 of the ICC Illegal Bowling Regulations, Vitori’s bowling action was filmed in the next match he played after being reported, which was against Afghanistan on Tuesday, and the video footage of his bowling spells were provided to the Event Panel of Helen Bayne and Mark King, who are both members of the ICC Panel of Human Movement Specialists, for analysis and assessment.”
The release added: “Following its review, the Event Panel concluded that Vitori employs an illegal bowling action, and, as such, in accordance with Article 6.5 of the regulations, he has been immediately suspended from bowling in international cricket”