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Blow to West Indies cricket: All-rounder Andre Russell could face two-year ban for missing doping tests

This could be a big blow for Russell and the West Indies if JADCO finds him guilty.

Updated: Mar 03, 2016, 13:01 PM IST
Blow to West Indies cricket: All-rounder Andre Russell could face two-year ban for missing doping tests

New Delhi: West Indies' highly skilled all-rounder Andre Russell has committed an "anti-doping whereabouts" violation, and could be banned from cricket for two years.

Reports state that Russell has missed three doping tests within a 12-month period. Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) will hear Russel's case.

"We received notification of Russell's violation about two weeks ago and I've appointed a panel to hear his case," JADCO independent disciplinary panel chairman Kent Pantry said.

According to the rule book, athletes must make their whereabouts known to local anti-doping agencies to facilitate testing. Russell could face a possible two-year ban if found guilty of the violation.

"There is a process regarding the findings by JADCO," the West Indies Cricket Board said in a statement. "All that will be observed and you will be advised accordingly."

Russell is a part of the West Indies squad for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 which starts in India from March 8.