Andre Russell will miss the next season of Big Bash League cricket.
Andre Russell will miss the next season of Big Bash League cricket. PAUL MILLER

West Indian bowled over by one-year doping ban

CRICKET: West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has been banned for a year after being hit with a doping violation.

Russell, who has spent the last two years in the Big Bash League with the Sydney Thunder, was left trying to hold back tears when the decision was announced at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston.

The 28-year-old Jamaican, who helped the West Indies win their second World T20 title in 2016 registered three filing failures in 2015, which constitutes a failed drugs test under World Anti-Doping Agency rules.

WADA rules state athletes across all sports must inform their local anti- doping agencies where they will be for at least one hour each day to undertake drug tests.

"Relieved it's one year, but not two years," his lead lawyer, Patrick Foster told Reuters. "But I genuinely thought given the circumstances and the evidence that was before the panel that he would have been exonerated."

Foster has not ruled out Russell lodging an appeal to the Court of arbitration for Sport within the allowed 21-day period.

"Haven't made a decision like that as yet. We have considered it but we wouldn't really consider that seriously until we have had a chance to speak with the client and look at the (written) decision," Foster said.

Russell's ban means he will miss a lucrative year of T20 cricket, including the Indian Premier League, where he plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders, and the next BBL season.

News Corp Australia


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