Russell to return after doping ban

2018-02-01 18:20
Andre Russell (Big Bash T20 Twitter)

Cape Town - West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell already has a pretty full dance card despite spending the last year on the sidelines.

Russell was hit with a one-year ban in 2017 for multiple incidents of failing to make his whereabouts known to anti-doping officials.

He will turn out for Jamaica in the West Indies Cricket Board's Regional Super50 competition which is their List A competition.

First on the agenda will be a match against the Leeward Islands on Friday in Antigua.

Despite his ban Russell was retained by the IPL franchise the Kolkata Knight Riders along with his compatriot Sunil Narine.

The Knight Riders forked out over a million dollars in order to retain the man who made headlines when he used a black bat in Big Bash 6.

Russell has committed to completing the Regional Super50 competition before heading to the UAE to turn out in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for Islamabad United.

The all-rounder made himself unavailable for the West Indies Cricket World Cup qualifier campaign in Zimbabwe which clashes with the PSL.

It is understood that the selectors support Russell's decision and will consider him for ODI and T20I selection once he proves his match fitness.

Russell has not played an ODI since 2015 but is a sought after talent in T20 leagues around the world.

The 29-year-old has turned out in the IPL, PSL, BBL, the Bangladesh Premier League and England's T20 Blast during his career.

Read more on:    west indies  |  andre russell  |  cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

The 12-month ban handed down to Steve Smith and David Warner and the 9-month sanction for Cameron Bancroft for their ball-tampering roles, is ...

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.