Andre Russel banned for one year

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Andre Russel banned for one year


The jubilant allrounder from the West Indies, Andre Russel suffers a one year ban after being found guilty of a doping whereabouts violation in his native Jamaica on Tuesday. The ban is effective from January 31, 2017 and will last until January 30, 2018.

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

After two months of deliberations, the panel, chaired by Hugh Faulkner, issued a guilty verdict. Patrick Foster, Russell’s lawyer, told local reporters he will now discuss all options with his client, including a possible appeal. According to ESPNCricinfo, it is unclear at the moment whether Russell will appeal against the verdict, but even if he were to do so, a quick solution to his problem does not seem possible. Depending on where he files his claim and how long it takes to examine the evidence, he might have to deal with another long and difficult legal battle.