In a major setback to West Indies, Andre Russell is banned from cricket for a year. He was convicted of violating the whereabouts clause. An independent anti-doping panel in Kingston comprised of a three-member tribunal passed on the verdict. The tribunal comprised of Huge Faulkner, Dr. Marjorie Vassell and Dixeth Palmer. The bench found Russell guilty as he was negligent in filling his whereabouts. As reported, Russell gave misinformation about his whereabouts in three different occasion within 12 months in 2015. Another trouble for the player was his failure to pass the dope test by World Anti-Doping Agency.
The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission(JADCO) charged Russell of failing to inform about his whereabouts on January 1, July 1, July 25 in the year 2015. The player also did not respond to several remainders by the commission. Russel are accused of ignoring their calls, e-mails, and written letters. Lackston Robinson, the legal counsel from JADCO accused Russell of being grossly negligent. He added that Russell was also offered education programs on anti-doping. Russell had to undergo the filling process and paper works. In fact, Russell was convicted in the middle of November 2016, but the verdict was not decided as the panel retired.
Andre Russell might appeal against the verdict, but it would only increase his troubles, as it would need a long time to review the case. It might become a long legal battle for the player. However, his lawyer, Patrick Foster is eager to seek every option for the player and is open to appeal against the ban. Russell is banned from January 31, 2017 to January 30, 2018. With the ban on effect, Russell will be absent from PSL and IPL seasons of the year. His was to play in Pakistan Super League, which is scheduled to start on February 9. The PSL team to host him, Islamabad United, have already replaced the player with Steven Finn, the fast bowler from England. IPL team, Kolkata Knight Riders will also seek for his replacement in the player's auction.
The top players across the globes are liable to provide information about their locations to the International Sports Federation and National Anti-Doping Organization. The organizations also control the doping rules to ensure doping free sports. Whereabouts of players are required to administer the efficiency of anti-doping codes. The programs are developed to protect the integrity of sports and gain public confidence. Every player is liable to follow the rules accurately.
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