West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell is all set to make his competitive cricket comeback, having served a one year ban from the game. Russell will feature in the Jamaican team for the Regional Super50, West Indies’ domestic 50-over competition, against Leeward Islands on Friday in Antigua.
The right-handed batsman was handed a year ban from playing all forms of cricket for a doping whereabouts rule violation. He did not filed his whereabouts on three occasions in 2015 as required, which also included a failed drugs test under the guidelines of the World Anti-doping agency (WADA).
Resultantly, the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission banned him from playing any cricket between January 31, 2017 and January 30 this year.
Russell was recently seen practicing for his upcoming match for Jamaica Scorpions. Chris Gayle posted a video of himself along with fellow Jamaican Russell hitting the nets. He will also soon be seen playing for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL 2018. KKR retained Russell ahead of the auction.
The all-rounder is also likely to be part of the West Indies A squad to face England A for one-day matches. Based on his performances, the selectors are likely to consider him for selection for the home ODI series against Bangladesh in the coming summer.