New Delhi: Hosts Zimbabwe have suffered a setback as fast-bowler Brian Vitori was today suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect after the Event Panel of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 found his bowling action “illegal”. The 28-year-old was reported by the match officials following Zimbabwe’s match against Nepal. 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. Also Read - Will Appeal Again if Sourav Ganguly Becomes ICC President: Danish Kaneria on Life Ban
“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,” an ICC release said. Also Read - Cricket is a Social Game, Will be Interesting How Players Deal With New Guidelines: Kumar Sangakkara
Vitori’s 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. Also Read - ICC Should Wait For a Suitable Time For Organising T20 World Cup: Wasim Akram
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 June 2017. (With PTI inputs).