Zimbabwe Cricketers Wesley Madhevere and Brandon Mavuta Banned for Four Months for Recreational Drug Use

Zimbabwe Cricket imposes a four-month ban on Wesley Madhevere and Brandon Mavuta for recreational drug use. The players fined 50% of salaries, receive final warnings, and undergo rehabilitation. Kevin Kasuza suspended pending a hearing for a positive doping test.

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has imposed a four-month ban on cricketers Wesley Madhevere and Brandon Mavuta for recreational drug use. The disciplinary action followed an in-house doping test in December, where both players tested positive for a banned substance. In addition to the ban, Madhevere and Mavuta will undergo rehabilitation supervised by ZC medical personnel and participate in the High-Performance program.

The cricketers have been fined 50% of their salaries for three months, effective from January 2024. Alongside the financial penalty, they received final written warnings valid for 12 months. The disciplinary committee considered the serious nature of drug use, emphasizing ZC’s zero-tolerance policy and the potential damage to the organization and the sport’s reputation.

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Despite the severity of the sanctions, the committee acknowledged mitigating factors, including the players’ remorse and active efforts to withdraw from the habit and cleanse their systems. The decision aims to send a strong message against drug use in cricket while recognizing the players’ commitment to rehabilitation.

In a related development, ZC has suspended cricketer Kevin Kasuza from all cricket activities with immediate effect following a positive doping test during an in-house test last week. Kasuza will face a disciplinary hearing charged under the ZC Employment Code of Conduct. The organization remains steadfast in its commitment to maintaining integrity and ensuring a drug-free environment in Zimbabwean cricket.

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