Vitori reported for suspected action

Brian Vitori

Brian Vitori

Eddie Chikamhi Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE’S tour of Bangladesh has not been particularly a good one for Brian Vitori who was yesterday reported for suspect bowling action following the Chevrons’ first win in the current Twenty20 cricket series.

The left-arm seamer was in the thick of things as the Zimbabwe sought to keep the series alive but he bowled four overs that cost 45 runs in the third game on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe won the match by 31 runs and they trail Bangladesh 2-1 ahead of the last match today.

According to a statement from the International Cricket Council, Vitori is now required to undergo testing within 14 days although he will be permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known.

The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the Zimbabwe team management after the match, cited concerns about the legality of the 25-year-old’s deliveries.

His bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is.

Zimbabwe’s Malcom Waller and Prosper Utseya have also been reported for suspect action in the last two years.

Vitori has played 11 T20 Internationals for Zimbabwe and has four wickets to his credit.

He has also played 19 One Day Internationals and four Tests.

But Vitori is still to get his first wicket in the current T20 series after featuring in all three games.

It looks like Vitori might be sacrificed in the decisive match today because of poor form.

Alongside with opening batsman Vusi Sibanda, Vitori had been frozen out of the team because of poor performances only to be recalled after six months.

But while Sibanda appears to be redeeming himself with the bat, the situation has been different with Vitori.

Zimbabwe’s fast bowlers disappointed in the last match and coach Dav Whatmore could be considering his options with Neville Madziva also waiting in the wings after he was dropped for the last two games.

The country’s best pace bowlers, Tinashe Panyangara and Tendai Chatara, are still out nursing injuries.

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