Andre Russell has been replaced by Colin de Grandhomme    IANS, Getty Images
Andre Russell has been replaced by Colin de Grandhomme IANS, Getty Images

Ahead of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have named New Zealand s Colin de Grandhomme as replacement for their star all-rounder Andre Russell, announced Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Russell is currently unavailable, since he has been banned from any cricketing action for a year for not being able to appear for three consecutive dope tests. De Grandhomme has played six Tests, nine One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and eight Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). IPL 10 will start from April 5, 2017 while KKR will play their first match on April 7 against Gujarat Lions (GL) at the latter s home ground in Rajkot. IPL 2017: Russell s absence would be worry for KKR, feels Pandey

Earlier, Russell had appealed to have his one-year ban for a doping whereabouts rule violation dismissed. Russell, a two-times ICC World T20 winner, was revealed to have committed the violation a year ago after registering three filing failures in 2015. That constituted a failed drugs test under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules. Reuters has obtained a copy of Russell s appeal document that was submitted to the Jamaican Anti-Doping Appeals Tribunal on March 20. It calls for the decision rendered by the independent anti-doping disciplinary panel be set aside . Jamaica s anti-doping commission (JADCO) has appealed to have Russell s suspension doubled from one year to two. In a second filing, Russell called for this appeal to be dismissed on the grounds that there is no basis for his suspension to be extended.

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.