All-rounder Andre Russel has been banned for a year due to whereabouts clause violation by an independent anti-doping panel in Kingston.
Designated athletes are required to provide information about their location to the International Sports Federation (IF) or National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) that have them in their respective registered testing pool.
The charges were pressed against the 28-year-old in March last year by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission when he failed to file his whereabouts on Jan 1, July 1, and July 25 despite several reminders.
The ban, which is effective from Jan 31, 2016, will last till Jan 30, 2018. This means Russell will miss Islamabad United’s title defence during the second edition of the Pakistan Super League this month.
Russel, who has played 232 Twenty20 Internationals all over the world, was a part of the West Indies’ successful World T20 campaign in India last year.
He has donned colours of top T20 franchises which include Kolkata Knight Riders (IPL), Jamaica Tallawahs (CPL), Sydney Thunder (BBL), and Sylhet Royals (BPL).
Russell’s lawyer, Patrick Foster, however, hinted towards challenging the ban. He revealed his client’s disagreement with the ban and said that Russell and his legal team were introspecting the development.
"Mr Russell and his legal team are carefully reading and reviewing the ruling as regards the next steps and the possibility of an early appeal of the decision of the Panel's ruling," Foster said. "While we respect the ruling, we respectfully disagree with it and are very disappointed that the Panel saw it fit to impose a one-year ineligibility period.
"Mr. Russell is a clean athlete who seeks to uphold the integrity of Cricket. He respects and makes every effort to be compliant with the rules of sport generally, cricket and to comply with anti-doping rules and procedures. Our client will continue to cooperate fully with JADCO and WADA."