Zimbabwe bowler Brian Vitori has been suspended from bowling in international cricket. Photo: icc-cricket.com

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe bowler Brian Vitori was suspended from bowling in international cricket on Thursday after his side’s Cricket World Cup qualifier match against Nepal in Bulawayo on Sunday.

Vitori was reported by the event panel of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2018 and it was confirmed that the left-arm fast bowler uses an illegal bowling action.

Acording to 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 for analysis and assessment.

Following its review, the event panel concluded that Vitori employs an illegal bowling action, and, as such, in accordance with ICC regulations, he has been immediately suspended from bowling in international cricket.

Vitori's suspension shall remain in place until such time he submits to an assessment of his bowling action at an ICC approved Testing Centre and the assessment concludes that his bowling action is legal.

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. 

African News Agency (ANA)

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