Andre Russell hearing will take place after ICC World T20 2016 on April 3 © Getty Images
Andre Russell hearing will take place after ICC World T20 2016 on April 3 © Getty Images

Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission will not suspend the action against West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell pending hearing leading him to play in the ICC World Twenty20 (T20) 2016 to be held in India next week. The decision was taken on Friday regarding his suspension decision to be taken after the tournament. The 27-year-old, who was named in the West Indies squad for the World T20 in India that starts next week, has missed three doping tests within a 12-month period and faces a possible two-year ban from cricket if found guilty, as reported on cricket.com.au. READ: Andre Russell: Playing in Pakistan is like playing in war-torn Iraq

“The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission has referred the matter regarding Mr Andre Russell to the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel,” JADCO executive director Carey Brown said in a statement on Friday. “The Commission is awaiting a date for the hearing. Mr Russell has not been provisionally suspended.” Precedent would suggest that the panel, chaired by Kent Pantry, is unlikely to set a hearing date until long after the World T20 is concluded on April 3. Therefore, Russell will be available to play the T20 tournament where they will play their first match against England on March 16. READ: Chris Gayle, Andre Russell likely to be included in West Indies’ squad for ICC World T20 2016

Athletes must tell their local anti-doping agency where they will be for at least one hour each day to facilitate drug tests, World Anti-Doping Agency rules state. If the athlete misses the three-drug test then the test will be considered positive. Russell played for Islamabad United who won the Pakistan Super League (PSL) last month , he is also playing for Sydney Thunders in Big Bash League (BBL) and will be hopefully playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in Indian Premier League (IPL). The all-rounder was instrumental in the Thunder’s win to the BBL 05 title, and the BBL club said in a statement they were monitoring the situation. “There is a clear process to go through and we will not be commenting until it is completed.”

With 16 wickets in 10 games, Russell was the equal second-highest wicket-taker of the tournament with Adelaide Strikers international player Adil Rashid  who took two wickets behind teammate Clint McKay on 18. Russell as batsman scored 185 runs at a blistering strike rate of 187. Those performances earned Russell a spot in the BBL 05 Team of the Tournament.