West Indies’ star all-rounder Andre Russell’s lingering knee problem forced him to withdraw from the World Cup midway through the tournament. After a period of recovery, Russell was selected as part of the West Indies squad for the T20I series against India.
However, right at the cusp of the three-match series, the 31-year-old’s knee injury resurfaced and he had to leave the India T20Is to be replaced by Jason Mohammed before the first game in Florida. Despite being injured, Russell is currently playing in the Global T20 in Canada, attracting criticism from fans.
Cricket West Indies (CWI) has excused Russell’s participation in the second season of the GT20 by claiming that it is part of his rehabilitation program since he is accompanied by the team’s physio in the league.
“We cleared him fit to play in Canada as a batsman. To monitor his fitness every day, a couple of our physios are over in the GT20, so we've got that oversight with Andre and his knee,” CWI chief executive Johnny Grave told a cricket publication.