Vitori in squad for series opener

HARARE – Left-arm pace bowler Brian Vitori is set to resume international cricket this morning following the lifting of his one year suspension over an illegal bowling action after he was picked for the first one-dayer against Kenya at Mutare Sports Club this morning.

The 27-year-old was banned for 12 months in December 2016 after he was reported for an illegal bowling action during a One Day International match against Sri Lanka at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on November 29 the same year.

Initially the seamer had been suspended in January 2016 but was reassessed and permitted to resume bowling in June.

After serving the 12-month suspension Vitori went through a remedial and reassessment exercise to the satisfaction of an independent ICC assessor culminating in the international cricket body lifting his suspension.

“...Vitori went through reassessment of his bowling action at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria where it was revealed that the amount of elbow extension in his bowling action for all his deliveries was within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC illegal bowling regulations,” ICC said in a statement last week.

He has played in 20 ODIs for the country since making his debut in August 2011 against Bangladesh at Harare Sports Club taking his maiden five-wicket haul for just 30 runs in 10 overs in the locals’ four-wicket win against the Tigers in the first ODI of the series.

Shepherd Makunura, the Manicaland Mountaineers coach who is taking charge of the team on an interim basis in the absence of substantive Zim A coach Douglas Hondo who is away with the senior men national team is happy with the balance in his squad.

“We have a balanced side, it’s about doing the basics right and making sure we handle the pressure moments well.
“With the World Cup Qualifiers in mind it will be very easy to motivate the players because there’s everything to fight for basically for every player,” Makunura told the Daily News yesterday.

Mashonaland Eagles opener Cephas Zhuwao who has been in scintillating form with the bat in the domestic league has been given a chance to prove his case at a higher level and will likely open the bat with senior batsman Chamu Chibhabha.

The seam bowling department will provide an exciting tussle with a combination of youth and experience where seasoned campaigner Chris Mpofu will join fellow experienced bowler Vitori and ever-rising Richard Ngarava from the Rising Stars camp and captain for the day Prince Masvaure who will be standing in for Donald Tiripano who has been rested for the first match.

Zim A squad for the first ODI against Kenya:

Cephas Zhuwao, Chamu Chibhabha, Tarisai Musakanda, Ryan Burl, Timycen Maruma, Prince Masvaure, Regis Chakabva, Brian Vitori, Chris Mpofu, Richard Ngarava, Wellington Masakadza, Donald Tiripano (captain).

 

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