Zimbabwe Cricket has Banned Madhevere and Mavuta for Four Months for Using Drugs Recreationally

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Batter Kevin Kasuza was also suspended and will soon appear for disciplinary hearing

Vishal Singh Jan. 26, 2024

Due to their recreational drug use, Zimbabwe Cricket has banned all-rounders Wessly Madhevere and Brandon Mavuta from all cricket for four months. In addition, they were fined three months' worth of 50% of their salary, starting in January 2024.

After testing positive for a prohibited recreational substance during an in-house doping test last week, batsman Kevin Kasuza, who played the final seven Tests of his career in 2021, has also been barred from all cricket-related activities with immediate effect.

Madhevere and Mavuta were suspended right away after testing positive for a prohibited recreational drug during an in-house dope test conducted in an out-of-competition case last month. They received the sanction following a hearing on last Wednesday when they admitted to charges of "breaching the ZC Employment Code of Conduct"," a board release stated.

Their recovery will be overseen by ZC's medical professionals and the duo has been instructed to train at the high-performance programme. "In taking the decision, the Committee also considered some mitigating factors, with both players showing remorse and having already started working on withdrawing from the habit and getting their systems clean," the ZC stated in a statement.

Madhevere and Mavuta were both on the Zimbabwe team that played a home series against Ireland at the beginning of December. Mavuta only participated in the third T20I and the three ODIs that followed, although Madhevere participated in all three T20Is. Although Mavuta hasn't participated in any competitive cricket since then, Madhevere has made appearances for Mashonaland Eagles in Zimbabwe's first-class Logan Cup competition.