Jesse Ryder faces 6 months ban over drug test

New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder has been suspended for 6 months for failing a doping test, New Zealand’s Sports Tribunal said on today. “The Sports Tribunal has suspended cricketer Jesse Ryder for six months for an anti-doping violation,” the statement on the tribunal’s website stated.

Jesse Ryder

New Zealand press reports said Jesse Ryder tested positive for banned substances after playing a match with provincial team Wellington Firebirds earlier this year.

The 29-year-old is among New Zealand’s best batting talents, averaging 40.93 in 18 Tests, but his career has been damaged by disciplinary lapses and off-field issues. He is still dealing with an assault outside a bar in the South Island city of Christchurch in March, which derailed his plans to return to the IPL.

New Zealand Cricket refused to comment.

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