Brian Vitori

Vitori suspended

Brian Vitori, the Zimbabwe left-arm seamer, has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect after an independent assessment found his bowling action to be illegal.

Vitori, who was reported for a suspect action during the T20 series against Bangladesh in January, underwent assessment in Chennai, where all variations of his deliveries exceeded the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under ICC’s regulations. He was left out of Zimbabwe’s World T20 squad earlier this month.

In accordance with the laws surrounding bowlers who have failed to clear the ICC’s independent assessment, Vitori’s international suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction. However, with the consent of the board, Vitori may be allowed to play in domestic cricket events played in Zimbabwe.

Vitori, 25, can apply for a re-assessment at any stage after modifying his bowling action.

Vitori has played four Tests, 19 ODIs and 11 T20s for Zimbabwe after making his international debut in August 2011.

 What is an illegal bowling action?
An illegal bowling action is one in which the bowler’s ‘elbow extension’ exceeds 15 degrees while he is in his delivery stride. The ICC set the 15-degree limit for all bowlers in November 2004.

What constitutes elbow extension?
Elbow extension includes flexion (in this case, the closing of the elbow joint) and extension (the straightening of the elbow joint).

Does a bent arm automatically signify an illegal action?
If the arm is bent at the onset of the delivery stride but remains rigid or does not flex or extend beyond the permissible 15 degrees during the duration of the stride, the action is not illegal. An action is only illegal if the arm flexes or extends beyond the permissible limit while in the delivery stride.

What happens after a bowler’s action is reported by the match officials?
Once the match officials’ report is received by the bowler’s team management or home board, he must undergo testing on his action at an ICC-accredited facility within 21 days. At present, there are ICC-approved centres in Brisbane and Cardiff, and another one in Chennai is expected to be functional soon. The player is free to bowl until the results of the test are out. — Cricinfo