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Zimbabwe Cricket are clearing all-rounder duo Madhevere and Mavuta to return to competitive cricket

Harare (Zimbabwe), May 9: Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) on Thursday cleared all-rounders Wessly Madhevere and Brandon Mavuta to return to competitive cricket after the duo completed their four-month bans imposed for “recreational drug use”.

In addition to the ban, the duo was also fined 50 percent of their salary. Madhevere and Mavuta’s rehabilitation was supervised by ZC medical staff and they had been instructed to train in the vigorous program.

Zimbabwe Cricket has released a statement to announce that the duo have passed drug tests following the end of their suspension period.

“Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has cleared national team players Wessly Madhevere and Brandon Mavuta to return to competitive cricket after serving their four-month bans for drug use. Both were confirmed as ‘clean’ after returning positive results for conducted drug tests upon completion of their suspension period,” ZC said in a statement.

Confirming the end of the suspension, ZC Managing Director Givemore Makoni said in the board’s statement: “I am pleased to welcome Wessly and Brandon back to competitive cricket after they both underwent rehabilitation and also passed a drug test that was carried out to check if they were now clean.”

“More importantly, the two players have acknowledged their mistakes and vowed to stay clean and focus on their promising careers as cricketers,” he added.

Before the ban was imposed, Madhevere and Mavuta made their last appearance for Zimbabwe during their home match against Ireland in December last year.

They also played one match each in Zimbabwe’s domestic first-class circuit, the Logan Cup, for Mashonaland Eagles and Mid West Rhinos respectively.

Along with the all-rounder duo, batsman Kevin Kasuza was also suspended from all cricket activities with immediate effect due to recreational drug use in January. As of now, there is no update from Zimbabwe Cricket regarding his suspension.

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