Blow For Chevrons As Brian Vitori Is Banned By ICC

ZIMBABWE have had their bowling attack weakened after  Brian Vitori was 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 bowling action.

The 28-year-old was reported by the match officials following his Zimbabwe's non-broadcast match against Nepal on Sunday. ICC stated that video footage of Vitori's action was recorded against Afghanistan when he took two for 31, including the match-winning last wicket of Shapoor Zadran.

“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,’’ read the statement from ICC.

Furthermore, ICC said following its review, the Event Panel concluded that Vitori employs an unlawful bowling action, and, as such, in accordance with Article 6.5 of the regulations, he has been immediately suspended from bowling in international cricket.

The world cricket governing body stated that Vitori’s suspension shall remain in place until such time he submits 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. 

The 20-year old 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 June 2017.



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