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Zimbabwe all-rounders Wessly Madhevere and Brandon Mavuta have been cleared and allowed to return to competitive cricket on Thursday following the completion of their suspension over using recreational drugs in December.

After being banned for four months, they underwent rehabilitation as part of Zimbabwe Cricket’s (ZC) high-performance program. They were also fined 50% of their salaries for three months with effect from January 2024.

The punishment was imposed after they tested positive during an in-house dope test in December for the use of a recreational drug.

They were tested again and cleared their dope test after the completion of their suspension period.

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“I am pleased to welcome Wessly and Brandon back to competitive cricket after both of them underwent rehabilitation and also passed a drug test carried out to check if they were now clean,” Givemore Makoni, the ZC managing director, said in a statement.

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

Madhevere and Mavuta last represented Zimbabwe in December 2023 during the home ODI series against Ireland, which the side lost 2-1.

Madhevere made his debut for Zimbabwe in 2020 and has since played in two Tests, 36 one-day internationals and 60 Twenty20 internationals.

Mavuta, 26, has four Tests, 12 one-day internationals and 10 T20 internationals to his name.

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