West Indies allrounder Andre Russell banned for a year

West Indies allrounder Andre Russell banned for a year

Andre Russell
Andre Russell of the West Indies. (Photo by Jan Kruger-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

West Indies allrounder Andre Russell has been banned for a year from cricket for failing to provide details of his whereabouts thrice between January and July in 2015. The ban has been imposed by an independent anti-doping tribunal from Kingston, West Indies. It was investigating whether it was a breach of the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) code for players and found him guilty in the case.

Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) had pressed charges on him in March 2016. In its opinion Russell intentionally negligent their reminders over phone, email and letters to file his whereabouts. According to JADCO Russell failed to give them the details on following dates: January 1, July 1 and July 25, 2015.

As per the charges he faced a maximum of a two-year ban while the 28-year-old hoped to be let off the tribune has decided to impose a one-year ban. Interacting with the media prior to the verdict, Russell said he was hoping he can still represent the teams he is a part of. “It’s been stressing and hard playing cricket and all that’s in the back of your head. But at the end of the day you have to do what you have to do,”

“It’s like a big cloud over my head. If I get a ban then definitely I’m out of cricket [during the period of the suspension]; I mean all formats. So I’d just love to know I’m back and I can represent Jamaica Tallawahs, West Indies, and all the other teams I play for in the world.”

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According to WADA’s code, if a player misses three tests in a period of 12 months, it is considered equivalent to failing the dope test.

Russell on his part had required them to consider his plea against a ban since he was innocent and the reason he failed to provide them the asked details was because he wasn’t trained for it and was too busy with his cricketing commitments to pay attention to it while he had authorised his agent to file the same on his behalf.