Russell calls Jamaica Tallawahs ‘weirdest franchise’
West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell takes a dig at his CPL franchise Jamaica Tallawahs calling them the weirdest franchise he has ever played for. He has announced that the upcoming edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will be his last season with the franchise.
Russell who was selected as the Tallawahs captain in the 2018’s edition of the tournament replacing Kumar Sangakkara could not perform well in the last season as he scored only 99 runs and grabbed 6 wickets from the 5 matches he played. Because of injury, he was sidelined from the tournament after 5 games and Tallawahs finished bottom in the six-team league.
“I am a guy who plays to win. I’ve won thirteen (T20) championships. If I’m picking a friend, I believe in that friend. But the way the Tallawahs went about things; I was trying to reach them on the day of the draft: no reply. This year was way different. This is the weirdest franchise I’ve ever played in. And by weird, I mean the people who are supposed to reach out to you. I’m not just a normal player in the Tallawahs team. I was once the leader,” Russell was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.
The 32-year old cricketer also claimed that he had been treated like a first-class player by Jamaica Tallahwas management. He said, “I felt like a first-class player that just made his debut one game ago. ‘Your opinion is not valuable’. That’s how I was treated.”
He further added on the same, “Even when I ask questions: ‘who you guys planning on retaining? Who are you guys planning on buying’? I don’t get any answers. So, I just leave it. No one says anything to Chris. No one says anything to me. He doesn’t want to have me as the captain because he wants to have someone he can actually talk to.”