West Indies news March 2, 2016

Andre Russell faces possible ban

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West Indies allrounder Andre Russell has committed an "anti-doping whereabouts" violation, according to the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), and could face a lengthy ban from cricket.

Russell, who is part of the West Indies squad for the upcoming World T20, has reportedly missed three such tests in a 12-month period, which equates to a failed test under doping laws.

"We received notification of Russell's violation about two weeks ago and I've appointed a panel to hear his case," JADCO independent disciplinary panel chairman Kent Pantry told Reuters.

Athletes must make their whereabouts known to local anti-doping agencies to facilitate testing. Russell could face a possible two-year ban if found guilty of the violation.

"There is a process regarding the findings by JADCO," the West Indies Cricket Board said in a statement. "All that will be observed and you will be advised accordingly."

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  • Cricinfouser on March 6, 2016, 0:58 GMT

    Money is the root of all evil. The money spinning T20 world cricket circus involving the same set of players will destroy this great game and with it many players. Real sad !!

  • Lewis on March 5, 2016, 18:19 GMT

    Lawlessness is lawlessness regardless of who commits it. Any person who thinks otherwise has an unbalanced mind. I believe that order is Heaven's first law and it must be enforced no matter who is in breach of it. It is outrageous to even think of defending lawlessness. There is too much lawlessness in WI cricket. It is time to stop the rot whether at Board level or among the players. The Board is wrong sometimes and the players are wrong sometimes. Russell is wrong on this occasion and he knows it. No one can blame the Board for his behavior unless one feels that successive Boards have allowed talented players and rich ones to be lawless for too long.

  • Hussain on March 5, 2016, 13:51 GMT

    He is a good athlete and a good fielder but the fielding excellence (which is abnormal) in his recent matches makes everyone suspicious.

  • Jack on March 5, 2016, 2:55 GMT

    This is another excellent example of one of the three critical problems with WI cricket: the Mentality of the Players. Many fans and commentators regard Russell as a super player and should be untouchable. In that subset, WICB will be harshly criticized if it does the right thing and replaces him on the T-20 team. This will send the correct message to the younger players. Russell, like all international athletes, is well aware of the doping protocol. The test could have been done by any recognized institution in a variety of countries. Russell is 100% wrong and must face the consequences. Where are the CARICOM politicians on this matter? Silent! If WICB fails to act now, it exposes another critical problem - Governance.

  • Lalith on March 5, 2016, 1:02 GMT

    2 years ago he was bowling mid 130s. Now he's missing drug tests and bowling high 140s. He's an excellent athlete, no doubt, but that kind of improvement is suspicious.

  • Android on March 4, 2016, 22:34 GMT

    what a shame to loose the best west indies T20 player at thus critical time when his fans needs to see him perform

  • Ravi on March 4, 2016, 17:59 GMT

    Russell was supposed to make his whereabouts known for testing to be conducted - Was Russell informed of this provision? Did JADCO send him any correspondence after missing his tests to inform him? Why is it that the victimization handed out seems to be directed at the Narine, Pollard, Dw Bravo, Sammy, and now Russell....the 2020 mercenaries? Anyone such as Chanderpaul who is a legend or the 20 20 stars known worldwide seem to attract the ire of our local cricketing authorities, why is this?

  • Farooq Ahmad on March 4, 2016, 3:51 GMT

    So the last beneficiary was Islamabad United

  • Paul on March 3, 2016, 20:19 GMT

    To miss one test can be considered a misfortune. To miss two must be considered carelessness. To miss a third......

  • Jonathan on March 3, 2016, 15:59 GMT

    Yeah sure that's why he missed the test, arrogance. Nothing to do with the fact he has been playing non-stop for the aforementioned year. Some West Indians display logic that befuddles God himself.

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