Andre Russell found guilty, banned for 1 year

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West Indies star all-rounder Andre Russell has been banned for 1 year from cricket after being found guilty on Tuesday morning by an independent tribunal in his doping case.

Russell failed to file his whereabouts on January 1, July 1 and July 25, 2015 and missed the doping tests. If an athlete misses three doping tests in a 12-month period, it amounts to a failed dope test.

Speaking to journalists earlier Andre said “It’s been stressing and hard playing cricket and all that’s in the back of your head. But at the end of the day you have to do what you have to do. It’s like a big cloud over my head. If I get a ban then definitely I’m out of cricket, I mean all formats. So I’d just love to know I’m back and I can represent Jamaica Tallawahs, West Indies, and all the other teams I play for in the world.”

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Andre Russell makes his way to the Jamaica Conference Centre to hear the verdict in his doping case.

According to the rules, the 12-month period is equivalent to failing a dope test, according to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s guidelines and as Russell failed to file his whereabouts for three doping tests, he now finds himself out of the game till January 2018.