West Indies news March 10, 2017

Russell faces prospect of longer ban

ESPNcricinfo staff

Andre Russell is currently banned until January 30, 2018 © Cricket Australia/Getty Images

Andre Russell, the West Indies allrounder, faces the prospect of having his anti-doping ban extended to two years after the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) launched an appeal over the original sanction.

In January, Russell was handed a one-year ban for breaking anti-doping whereabouts regulations three times in a 12-month period which, under the code, classed as a failed test.

Russell's lawyer confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that the appeal will be heard with JADCO seeking the maximum two-year penalty. Currently his ban runs until January 30, 2018.

When the one-year ban was handed down, JADCO found that Russell had failed to adhere to whereabouts requirements on January 1, July 1 and July 25, 2015. His defence was that because of his cricket commitments he had left it in the hands of his agent to complete the required paperwork but the JADCO legal counsel accused him of "gross negligence".

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  • looshan on March 17, 2017, 15:38 GMT

    Maybe his schedule around the other leagues does not allow him to prioritize playing in the Caribbean. Sad but could be true. Couldn't the WICBC order testing outside of the WI by an authorized WADA agency?

  •   espn97021662 on March 10, 2017, 22:08 GMT

    It is easy to miss a test if you are a hired gun/. that means u are not always in one place for too long of a time. that year Russell was a very busy guy playing is all the leagues. I am not sure he was even in Jamaica much that year. Make no mistakes Russell gets tested every where he played. its just that he miss the ones at home three times. u guys have to be real. Testers show up randomly without notice.. it was just the paper work that was late. sometimes he shows up at home today the next day he jumps on a flight. if the testers shows up before he files paper work,then that's not his fault. The people who handles his affairs did not get enough time to file before the testers showed up at his door. He was already on a flight out of town.

  • D.S.A on March 10, 2017, 14:48 GMT

    @dessy22: Every athlete is told what WADA is, and it's importance, and guess what, no other major cricketer thinks it's unimportant or thinks the consequences are trivial. After all, how many others have been caught up in this situation? Innocent athletes that also somehow broke the code 3 times in a year? His excuses are entirely invalid as you simply cannot forget 3 times, unless it is deliberate (that's why athletes get 2 chances before any consequences).

  • willsrustynuts on March 10, 2017, 14:44 GMT

    @insidehedge It's not difficult to comply with the rules at all, thousands of sportsmen and women do it. It is difficult to understand how he was allowed to play in a World Cup whilst under a charge. But let's be clear and paraphrase what the adjudicating panel had to say...it is his fault and there are no excuses. In a word - guilty.

  • InsideHedge on March 10, 2017, 13:25 GMT

    I recall reading an article in a UK publication about how easy it is to miss a test. The testers show up randomly. If you're taking a shower and a tester shows up, it's a problem, compounded if you happen to be single and no-one can answer for you. Need to find that article as it was interesting reading - it was about an athlete.

    Not making excuses here for Russell who should have got worried after missing the first test and been jumping thru hoops to explain himself after the 2nd miss.

  • Alexk400 on March 10, 2017, 13:02 GMT

    Russell magical raise is always a suspect like barry bonds. :)

  • Speng on March 10, 2017, 12:52 GMT

    Here's a tip Russell (or your agent): set a thrice yearly reminder in your phone called "do WADA paperwork"... A failed test is normally two years and that's what he should get.

  • doosra-sheru on March 10, 2017, 12:13 GMT

    WHOA..........SOMETHING does not add up here with the reason for missing the date 3 times. Was it the agent's responsibility ?

  • DrJez on March 10, 2017, 12:12 GMT

    Finally, people seem to be waking up to the seriousness of this business. As @willsrustynuts points out, other sports would have stripped his teams of everything won during the period in question. Including the WT20. More importantly perhaps, other sports would not have picked him in the first place, because of the potential for subsequent disqualification. Why was he even playing in the World T20 final when under suspicion?

  • bhariii on March 10, 2017, 12:01 GMT

    LEDCULT its ppl like u who dont understand that every format has its own charm ....and without russel t20 cricket would not be the same.....the same way test cricket wont be the same without Dale Steyn

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