26th Jul, 2017

Former Barnards Green star Andre Russell given one-year anti-doping whereabouts ban

Craig Gibbons 1st Feb, 2017 Updated: 1st Feb, 2017

FORMER Barnards Green star and current West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has been issued a one year anti-doping whereabouts ban.

The 28-year-old Jamaican, who signed as Green’s overseas player seven years ago, failed to disclose his whereabouts on three spearate occasions throughout 2015.

Under the World Anti-Doping Agency, that amounts to a failed drugs test and his ban will start on January 31.

Russell took 39 wickets at an impressive average of just 10.15 for Green and with the bat scored a huge 799 runs in just eleven innings – finishing with an outstanding average of 99.88 (including three not outs).

One of his best displays in a Barnards Green shirt came against their local rivals Malvern when he scored 98 and took 4-44 in a 122-run victory.

He also blitzed 161 off 103 balls, hitting 18 fours and seven sixes in another big win against Colwall.

His successful spell at North End Lane and impressive displays for the West Indies A team prompted bigger things to come for Andre as he made his Test debut for the West Indies and in 2011 made his ODI debut in the World Cup held in India.

He has also been highly involved in the T20 circuit playing regularly in the Indian Premier League and returned to Worcestershire in 2013 to join the Worcestershire Rapids as a replacement signing for the then New Zealand star Jacob Oram.

More recently he helped Islamabad United win the Pakistan Super League and was named man of the tournament.