Zimbabwe cricketers Madhevere and Mavuta handed four-month bans for recreational drug use

Zimbabwe Cricket has imposed a four-month ban on national team cricketers Wesley Madhevere and Brandon Mavuta for their involvement in recreational drug use. The disciplinary action, effective Thursday (January 25), comes after the players admitted to drug use during a hearing last Wednesday. Both Madhevere and Mavuta had tested positive for a banned recreational substance in an in-house dope test conducted in December. Additionally, the players will face a 50% salary deduction for three months, starting January 2024.

A statement released by Zimbabwe Cricket emphasized a zero-tolerance policy towards drug use, highlighting that such actions were deemed serious offenses and had brought both the organization and the game of cricket into disrepute. Despite the severity of the sanctions, the Disciplinary Committee took into account mitigating factors, acknowledging the players’ remorse and their commitment to overcoming the habit and detoxifying their systems.

In a related development, another Zimbabwe cricketer, Kevin Kasuza, faces a suspension from all cricketing activities pending a hearing. Kasuza also failed an in-house dope test last week, and a disciplinary hearing is set to follow, addressing the breach of the board’s code of conduct for employees.