KINGSTON (Reuters) – Andre Russell set to play in the World Twenty20 after the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission said on Friday the West Indies all-rounder would not be suspended, pending a hearing into his “anti-doping whereabouts” rule violation.
It would be possible two-year ban from cricket if he found guilty, cause he missed three doping tests in last 12 month.
“The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission has referred the matter regarding Mr. Andre Russell to the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel,” JADCO executive director Carey Brown said in a statement on Friday.
“The Commission is awaiting a date for the hearing. Mr. Russell has not been provisionally suspended.”
Russell, helped West Indies win the 2012 World Twenty20, is therefore likely to be available for the opening Super 10 match against England in Mumbai on March 16.
Athletes must tell their local anti-doping agency where they will be for at least one hour each day to facilitate drug tests, World Anti-Doping Agency rules state. If an athlete misses three drug checks within a 12-monthperiod, that counts as a positive test.
Russell, who last month helped Islamabad United win the Pakistan Super league and was named man of the tournament, also plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. He played for Syden Thunder in Big Bash league this year, Which was the winner of BBL-05.