Zimbabwe left arm fast bowler Brian Vitori has been banned from bowling in international matches with immediate effect after his action was found to be illegal, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Wednesday (February 17).
Vitori’s action was reported following Zimbabwe’s 31 run win over Bangladesh in the third T20 International between the two sides in Khulna on January 20 this year. After that, he underwent an official Test at the ICC accredited Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre in Chennai on February 3.
“The assessment revealed that all variations of his deliveries exceeded the 15-degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations,” said the ICC in a statement.
In accordance with the regulations, “Vitori’s international suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction, save that, with the consent of Zimbabwe Cricket, Vitori may be able to play in domestic cricket events played in Zimbabwe under the t auspices of Zimbabwe Cricket.”
Vitori can apply for reassessment after modifying his action in accordance with clause 2.4 of the Regulations of the review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions.
Vitori has played four Tests, 19 ODIs and 11 T20Is since his international debut Test against Bangladesh in Harare in August 2011, where he produced impressive bowling spell with a figure of 4 for 66 in the Bangladesh’s first innings.
He last played in a domestic game on February 13 for Matabeleland Tuskers against MidWest Rhinos in Zimbabwe’s domestic T20 competition and wasn’t named in the 15 man squad for the upcoming World T20.