Zimbabwe’s talented pace bowler, Brian Vitori has been suspended from bowling in international cricket after his action was deemed illegal.
Vitori, 26, who was reported in November for the second time in his career, has been barred for 12 months after an independent assessment in Pretoria found that some of his deliveries exceeded the 15-degree level of tolerance, the International Cricket Council said on Monday (December 26).
The left-arm pacer was pulled up by the umpires after the tri-series final in Bulawayo in November, which Sri Lanka won. As this is the second time in two years that his action has come under scrutiny, he earned an automatic suspension for a year.
Vitori, who has a combined 33 wickets from 31 limited-overs matches and 12 sticks in four Tests, was first reported in January this year and suspended from bowling the following month after all his variations were found to exceed the permitted 15-degree limit. He was allowed to resume bowling in June following remedial work and reassessment.
He returned to representative cricket after five months on the sidelines with the Zimbabwe A side that took on South Africa A. He picked up five wickets in his next game, against Pakistan A in October, and was drafted into the Zimbabwe XI for the tri-series final, where he took 3 for 52.
The ICC added, “Vitori can appeal against any procedural aspect of an independent assessment that has led to this automatic suspension. However, only after the expiry of this one-year period will he be entitled to approach the ICC for a re-assessment of his bowling action.”