Cape Town - Zimbabwe fast bowler Brian Vitori has been suspended from
bowling in international cricket for 12 months following an
independent assessment of his bowling action, which took place at the
University of Pretoria on December 12.
The 26-year-old left-arm bowler was assessed after the legality of his bowling
action was brought under question by the match officials during the recent
tri-series final against Sri Lanka in Bulawayo on November 27.
Vitori was reported by the match officials pursuant to the ICC
Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling
Actions (the “Regulations”) and subsequently underwent the
independent assessment in Pretoria in accordance with the regulations.
The assessment revealed that some of Vitori’s deliveries
exceeded the 15-degree level of tolerance, thus, he employed an illegal bowling
Vitori was originally suspended from bowling in January 2016 but
was permitted to resume bowling in June 2016 after remedial work and a
As this report has constituted the player’s second report within
a two-year period, the first of which led to a suspension, he is now
automatically suspended from bowling in international cricket for a period of
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.