New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder said a weight-loss supplement which was either contaminated or mislabelled led to him to returning a positive sample after playing for Wellington in March. Ryder is serving a six-month ban effective from April.
The 29-year-old left-hander said he was "devastated" about the ban and added: "It's pretty gutting, having to go through all this after doing research and finding out that there are no banned substances in it. When you then buy the product, it's disappointing to have to go through all this and fail a drug test."
Ryder's explanation was accepted by the New Zealand Sports Tribunal. The maximum two-year ban was reduced to six months. Ryder will now be available for the domestic season in New Zealand.