St. John: West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has pulled out of the upcoming three-T20I series against Pakistan citing `personal` reasons.
"Russell, the member of the West Indies World T20 championship-winning team, has asked to withdraw from the series to attend to a personal matter," said the West Indies Cricket Board in a release.
Fast bowler Kesrick Williams has been called into the squad for the T20 series beginning on September 23 in Dubai as a replacement for Russell.
Williams was impressive in this year`s Caribbean Premier League, playing for the champions Jamaica Tallawahs.
Russell has been scheduled to appear before the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) on Sunday and Monday for allegedly missing three tests, however, it is not known whether this is the reason behind his decision to pull out of the Pakistan series.