Jamaica and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell looks set to escape serving the maximum two-year ban for a whereabouts rule violation.
A day before the Jamaica Anti-Doping Appeals Tribunal chaired by Justice Karl Harrison was set to start hearing the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission’s (JADCO) appeal against Russell’s one year ban for a whereabouts violation, impeccable RJR Sports sources have revealed that the case will not go ahead.
It’s understood that JADCO in the last few days, withdrew their case, which if successful, could have seen the two-time ICC T20 World Cup winner serving up to two years.
The latest development comes just under seven weeks after Russell’s legal team headed by Queen’s Counsel Patrick Foster, lodged a cross-appeal with the appeals tribunal on March 20 to have the cricketer’s one year ban received at the end of January thrown out.
RJR Sports understands that Russell’s legal team has also withdrawn their cross-appeal. Neither Foster nor JADCO’s attorney Lackston Robinson could be reached for comment Sunday evening.
But the decision, which RJR Sports understands is set to be addressed at JADCO’s press conference called for Monday morning, means Russell will only serve the remaining nine months of his initial one-year ban which started on January 31.
In February, JADCO had filed the appeal for Russell’s one year ban to be doubled on grounds that the Independent Disciplinary Panel chaired by Hugh Faulkner was lenient in handing down their sanction, based on the weight of the evidence presented.
Source: Radio Jamaica
Edited by Jesus Chan
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