Zimbabwe pacer Brian Vitori has been suspended from bowling by the ICC following an illegal bowling action.
His illegal action was reported by the match officials during the World Cup Qualifiers. He will remain suspended until he undergoes an assessment of his bowling action at an ICC approved testing centre.
This is the third time that Vitori has been suspended from the international cricket. He had received his first suspension in January 2016 and 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 again.
Vitori resumed his international duty again in January 2018 after undergoing a reassessment which registered his action legal.
Now he has been again reported for his illegal action by match officials during world cup qualifiers and will remain suspended until his reassessment report comes positive.
“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,” stated an ICC media release.
“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,” the release added.