Biran Vitori    AFP
Biran Vitori AFP

Brian Vitori has been suspended by ICC from bowling in international cricket due to illegal action. His participation in the ongoing World Cup Qualifier remains unsure until further assessment. His action was reported illegal by match officials during Zimbabwe’s match against Nepal. Vitori had been suspended twice before in international cricket, the latest being in November 2016. He was also banned in January of the same year, but resumed bowling in June. His second resumption was in January 2018 after ICC cleared his 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,” 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.”

Vitori bowled the crucial last over against Afghanistan and took his team home picking up the final wicket. Zimbabwe has been allowed a replacement, and they have drafted in left-arm pacer Richard Ngarava. Ngarava last played for Zimbabwe in June 2017 against Scotland.