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Russell opens up on quarantine, WI availability

Life in bio-bubble continues to take toll on players as Andre Russell has shared the difficulties he had to face in the toughest times.

Russell opens up on quarantine, WI availability

West Indian all-rounder Russell was criticized for taking part in the LPL (Lanka Premier League) at the time when West Indies were playing a three-match T20I series in New Zealand.

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The 32-year-old was struggling with the form which initially made him to decide not to tour New Zealand. Later he reached out to chief selector Roger Harper to inform his U-turn on the tour but that was denied by Harper.

“I reached out to him and said: ‘Sir, I know that a week or two weeks ago I said that I’m not available, [but] I’m available. I want to go around my Caribbean guys. I know I would maybe be better off in that space. They speak my language, I don’t have to be worried about whatever, and if I fail, they’re going to know that Andre Russell was trying his best’.The chairman reached out to me and said: “sorry Andre, we already went ahead, we made a decision.” And he said best wishes or something for the rest of the IPL. I said okay, I understand,” Russell told Jamaica-based SportsMax.

Russell revealed that lockdown made him felt like being in a ‘prison’.

“I get out of the bubble. I go to Dubai, have a good time, drink, party, loosen myself. I feel alive. When you feel like you’re coming out of prison, it’s like.. I’ve never been to prison, but this lockdown actually felt ‘oh my god, I can’t do whatever I want to do.'”

Russell then signed for Colombo Kings after getting a second LPL offer from Angelo Mathews.

“While in Dubai, I got an offer, but before I get this offer, I turned down the offer to come here [Sri Lanka] because I said I can’t come because I got injured. “While I was in Dubai, playing the UKC [Ultimate Kricket Challenge], then, Angelo Mathews messaged me. He said: ‘Bro, we need you to play, even as a batsman.'”

Russell smashed a 14-ball half-century (65* off 19) in his second LPL outing against Galle Gladiators in a rain-affected five-over clash. He has not scored another fifty so far.

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