Brian Vitalis Vitori
February 22, 1990, Masvingo
Left hand Bat
Left arm Fast medium
A stocky left-arm bowler from the province of Masvingo, Brian Vitori has emerged as a successful product of Zimbabwe's new franchise system. With the ability to move the ball into the right-hander and away from the left-hander at decent pace, he is considered one of the most attacking bowlers in the new set-up.
Vitori started playing provincial cricket at the age of 15 and participated in the Faithwear domestic one-day competition, widely regarded as a competition which epitomised the lows that Zimbabwe cricket reached in 2007 and 2008, with poor results. The franchise system, formed in 2008, created an opportunity for him to grow and improve and he did so under the guidance of former England and Surrey player Monte Lynch, who recommended that Vitori take part in a national training camp in early 2011.
Alan Butcher, Zimbabwe coach, immediately noticed something unique about Vitori and ensured that he was kept hidden any opposition eyes until he played his first international. Vitoti featured in Zimbabwe's comeback Test against Bangladesh in August 2011 and made an immediate impact. He took five wickets in the match and, together with fellow debutant, Kyle Jarvis formed a formidable new-ball partnership that should stand Zimbabwe in good stead in years to come. Firdose Moonda
Batting & Fielding