Windies all-rounder Russell misses third dope test in a year

Kingston, March 3 (IANS) The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (Jadco) has revealed that West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has missed three doping tests in the last 12 months.

Missing three tests is equal to failing a drug test and therefore the 27-year-old is facing a ban.

“I’ve appointed a panel to hear his case,” Jadco independent disciplinary panel chairman Kent Pantry was quoted as saying by the BBC on Wednesday.

Russell is in the West Indies squad for the World Twenty20 cricket tournament, which starts in India next week.

According to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules, players and athletes must confirm to their local anti-doping agency about their whereabouts for an hour each day, so that they can be tested.

Russell plays for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and for Sydney Thunder in Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL).

Last month he was instrumental in Islamabad United’s success in the Pakistan Super League and was named man of the tournament.

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