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Andre Russell Still Has Charge Hanging Over His Head

The ongoing anti-doping case against Jamaica and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has kept him anchored in Jamaica while his Windies teammates seem rudderless in the Middle-East as Pakistan continues to beat upon them, winning the T20 and ODI series.

cricket ball & batRussell has proved that he knows how to win and has been on winning teams over the last few seasons.

He won the CPL title with Tallawahs in 2013, the IPL title with Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014, the Bangladesh Premier League title with Comilla Victorians, the BBL title with Sydney Thunder, Pakistan Super League title with Islamabad United in 2016 and the CPL title again with Tallawahs in 2016.

His absence from the West Indies team has certainly hurt them but even more hurtful must be the long drawn out anti-doping case against the talismanic cricketer.

This time, the non-appearance of a panel member, Dr. Majorie Vassell, forced the adjournment of Andre Russell’s anti-doping hearing on Thursday without any evidence being heard at the Jamaica Conference Centre.

About an hour after the scheduled 10am start, the decision was made by Chairman of the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, Attorney Hugh Faulkner.

This followed consultations between legal teams, Jadco’s attorney Lackston Robinson and Queen’s Counsel Patrick Foster, the lead attorney for Russell who had three whereabouts violations in 2015, which counts as a positive test under WADA Rules.

Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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