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Andre Russell — A Wanted Man!

Andre Dwayne Russell, the 28-year-old Jamaica, and West Indies all-rounder, though not in the mix of play these days because of injury, is still being hunted down by the various franchise for him to sign up for their team.

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Russell has played for overseas teams such as Khulna Royal Bengals, Delhi Daredevils, Sylhet Royals, Worcestershire, Kolkata Knight Riders, Knights, Melbourne Renegades, Comilla Victorians, Sydney Thunder, Islamabad United, Nottinghamshire, and Dhaka Dynamites.

He is a highly sought after player and the latest team hunting to have his service again is Nottinghamshire.

According to recent press reports, Nottinghamshire’s Head Coach Peter Moores is seeking to make Russell a fixture on his team for next summer’s T20 Blast.

The 28-year-old Twenty20 star created a marked impression in his three outings for the Outlaws last season, thus the quest for his return to the English County team.

“I would think Andre Russell is at the top of most people’s lists to sign. He’s very much someone who bowls with pace and he hits the ball as cleanly as anyone in the game,” the former England head coach reportedly said.

“We’ve also seen from his time here already that he’s great to have in the dressing room,” he added.

“The big issue with signing overseas players remains availability when teams around the world want the best players,” he further said.

Russell was recently forced out of the Australia Big Bash with a hamstring injury and is set to be out for up to six weeks.

He also faces a potential two-year ban from cricket if he is found guilty of a doping whereabouts violation.

The hearing before the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission which concluded late last year is yet to have a final verdict pronounced.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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