Brian Vitori gets 1-year ban

HARARE - Zimbabwe's fast bowler Brian Vitori has been suspended from bowling by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for 12 months following an independent assessment of his bowling action.

Vitori was assessed at the University of Pretoria in South Africa 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,” ICC said in a statement.

“The assessment revealed that some of Vitori’s deliveries exceeded the 15-degree level of tolerance, thus, he employed an illegal bowling action.

“Vitori was originally suspended from bowling in January 2016 but was permitted to resume bowling in June 2016 after remedial work and a subsequent reassessment.

“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 12 months.

“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.”

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