West Indies cricketer Andre Russell banned for 1 year for violating doping code

West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell suffered a massive setback after he was handed a one-year ban from cricket for failing to file his whereabouts thrice in 2015.

The ban, which will be effective from 31st January 2017 to 30th January 2018, was imposed by an independent anti-doping tribunal in Kingston. Russell’s lawyer Patrick Foster confirmed that they are considering all possible options, including appealing the ban.



Russell was charged with not filing his whereabouts on January 1, July 1 and July 25 in 2015. According to World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) guidelines, missing three tests within 12 months amounts to a failed dope test.



Russell’s participation in the Big Bash League was cut short due to injury, but now the 28-year old looks set to miss PSL, IPL and the Champions Trophy.

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