Jesse Ryder banned for six months after failing drug test

The left-hander has not played for New Zealand since February last year and this ban could further dent his chances of making a comeback.

updated: August 20, 2013 08:05 IST
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Wellington, New Zealand: Troubled New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder was handed a six month ban on Tuesday after testing positive for outlawed substances contained in a weight-loss supplement, the New Zealand Sports Tribunal said.

The tribunal said Ryder, who has been in self-imposed exile from international cricket since February 2012, tested positive after a domestic match in March this year.

It said Ryder's sample showed traces of the stimulants PBA and DEBEA and the batsman admitted he took two supplement tablets in the days before the test.

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