Zimbabwe news February 17, 2016

Vitori suspended for illegal bowling action

ESPNcricinfo staff

Brian Vitori was reported during the third T20I against Bangladesh in Khulna last month © AFP

Brian Vitori, the Zimbabwe left-arm seamer, has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect after an independent assessment found his bowling action to be illegal.

Vitori, who was reported for a suspect action during the T20 series against Bangladesh in January, underwent assessment in Chennai, where all variations of his deliveries exceeded the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under ICC's regulations. He was left out of Zimbabwe's World T20 squad earlier this month.

In accordance with the laws surrounding bowlers who have failed to clear the ICC's independent assessment, Vitori's international suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction. However, with the consent of the board, Vitori may be allowed to play in domestic cricket events played in Zimbabwe.

Vitori, 25, can apply for a re-assessment at any stage after modifying his bowling action.

Vitori has played four Tests, 19 ODIs and 11 T20s for Zimbabwe after making his international debut in August 2011.

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  • Srinivas on February 19, 2016, 4:35 GMT

    Too bad. Vitori & Jarvis could have been a good pair for Zimbabwe. Alas !!

  • Andrea on February 18, 2016, 18:56 GMT

    Narine, then Vitori. In the era of multiple cameras and hawk-eye there is something that I sincerely can't understand. Bowlers who have never been called a no-ball, received a warning from the umpire, a suspect from TV commentators, news articles for their bowling .... nothing, all of a sudden undergo an "independent assessment" that ban them, always without producing a video which may bear witness that they actually illegally bowled. I'm not arguing whether the "assessment" is right or wrong, what is incomprehensible is why it is always been avoided to produce video proof for the decision.

  •   Rajeev Naik on February 18, 2016, 8:11 GMT

    good bowler especially for tests

  • Manesh on February 18, 2016, 6:33 GMT

    ICC=BCB. Bangladesh fear him the most.

  •   Richardson Mzaidume on February 18, 2016, 5:45 GMT

    Coaches and local umpires are equally to blame for the increasing number of bowlers with illegal action. I'm sure coaches and umpires do realize that something is wrong with a particular bowler's action and they choose to remain silent. But at times these players play for clubs with influential chairmen, something that makes players untouchable. In that case, coaches and umpires choose to go with the flow. In the long run, these bowlers end up suffering once they reach international level.

  •   Truly Fandamntastic on February 17, 2016, 18:07 GMT

    It always takes ages for icc to bane bowlers with clear illegal bowling actions, he was literally throwing it

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