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Ryder tested positive for a banned substance
New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder has been slapped with a six-month ban after failing a drug test in March and will not be able to play any competitive cricket until October 19.
Ryder underwent a routine drug test during a Ford Trophy match in March and tested positive for a banned substance.
Ryder was informed of the outcome on April 12 and also attended a hearing in front of the Sports Tribunal earlier this month.
It is understood that Ryder will not contest his six-month ban.
“I’m devastated by this situation,” Ryder said in a statement released by the New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association. “I’m devastated by this situation. I’ve never taken drugs and to be in this situation distresses me greatly. I simply took the supplement alongside a training programme I was completing to help me lose weight. I have attended anti-doping education seminars during my time in cricket and am a strong supporter of Drug Free Sport New Zealand. I’m aware of the precautions you need to take; I did take steps to check the supplement but ultimately it was my responsibility and I accept that.Whilst everyone is aware of my well-documented battles with alcohol, it’s important for me to state that I abhor drug use of any kind, both recreational and performance-enhancing in sport.”