Cape Town - Zimbabwe’s Brian Vitori has been suspended from bowling in international
cricket with immediate effect after the Event Panel of the ICC Cricket World
Cup Qualifier 2018 confirmed that the left-arm fast bowler uses an illegal
The 28-year-old was reported by the match officials following his side’s
non-broadcast match against Nepal on Sunday.
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
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.
suspension shall remain in place until such time he submits to an assessment of
his bowling action at an ICC approved Testing Center and the assessment concludes that
his bowling action is legal.
Meanwhile, the Event Technical
Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 has allowed the Zimbabwe
cricket team to replace Vitori with Richard Ngarava.
Ngarava is a left-arm fast bowler
and a lower-order batsman, who has played in six ODIs, taking eight wickets and
scoring 12 runs. His last ODI for Zimbabwe was against Scotland in Edinburgh in