Andre Russell is among the most valued T20 cricketer across the globe    Getty Images
Andre Russell is among the most valued T20 cricketer across the globe Getty Images

Andre Russell of West Indies has been banned from cricket for one year missing out on filing his whereabouts thrice in 2015. The verdict came out on Tuesday, in Kingston. Russell missed three dope tests in the span of 12 months under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) terms. Russell was expected to be banned for two years if found guilty and full report of the verdict is yet to come. The three-member tribunal comprises Hugh Faulkner, Dr Marjorie Vassell and former Jamaica cricketer Dixeth Palmer, who gave the verdict of one-year ban for Russell.

It will not be a blow only to Russell. Every franchise he plays for around the world will be affected, as will be the West Indies national team. Following this verdict, Russell will not feature in the upcoming season of Pakistan Super League, where he was the part of defending champions Islamabad United. He is also one of the key players for Kolkata Knight Riders in Indian Premier League.

Russell was legally charged by Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) in March 2016 after failing to submit his whereabouts between January and July 2015. As per JADCO, Russell had to submit whereabouts on January 1, July 1 and July 25 in 2015. Despite reminders over emails, phone calls and letters, Russell never bothered to submit the aforementioned. Very recently Russell had to pull himself out of Big Bash League due to an injury in his left hamstring.

He is currently among the most valued T20 cricketers. Till now, he has played 232 T20s, in which he scored 3,482 runs at 24.18 and scalped 209 wicket.