Zimbabwean Cricketers Madhevere and Mavuta Face Suspension Over Drug Abuse
Zimbabwean cricketers, Wessly Madhevere and Brandon Mavuta, have been suspended “with immediate effect” from all cricket activities over drug abuse. It is alleged that both bleached anti-doping rules.
Potential Violation of Anti-Doping Rules
Zimbabwe Cricket announced that both players had tested positive for a banned recreational drug during an out-of-competition in-house doping test. The exact substance involved was not disclosed.
Disciplinary Proceedings Initiated
In response to the alleged violation, the ZC has charged Madhevere and Mavuta under the ZC Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials. The players will face a disciplinary hearing in the near future to address the charges.
Involvement in Recent Series
Madhevere and Mavuta were part of the Zimbabwe cricket team that competed against Ireland in a recent home series. Madhevere played in all three T20Is, while Mavuta participated in the third T20I and the subsequent three ODIs.
Overview of Players’ Careers
Mavuta, who made his international debut in 2018, has represented Zimbabwe in four Tests, 12 ODIs, and 10 T20Is. Similarly, Madhevere, who debuted for Zimbabwe in 2020, has played in two Tests, 36 ODIs, and 60 T20Is.
Walter Chawaguta Returns as Head Coach for Sri Lanka Tour
In a separate development, former Chevrons coach Walter Chawaguta has been appointed as the head coach for the white-ball tour of Sri Lanka next month. Chawaguta previously held the position in 2008.
Resignation of Dave Houghton
Chawaguta’s appointment followed the resignation of Dave Houghton, a Zimbabwe cricket legend who stepped down after the home series against Ireland. Zimbabwe suffered defeats in both the ODI and T20I series, prompting Houghton’s decision to resign.
As the nation grapples with a distressing drug abuse crisis, it is disheartening to witness the involvement of two young and promising cricketers in such unsavory activities.