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CRICKET: West Indies Andre Russell faces two-year ban over doping violation

Published:Wednesday | March 2, 2016 | 3:51 PM
West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell.

West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has committed an anti-doping whereabouts rule violation.

The 27-year-old, named in the West Indies squad for the World Twenty20 in India that starts next week, has missed three doping tests within a 12-month period.

Russell, who helped West Indies win the 2012 World Twenty20, faces a possible two-year ban from cricket if found guilty.

Athletes must tell their local anti-doping agency where they will be for at least one hour each day to facilitate drug tests, World Anti-Doping Agency rules state.

If an athlete misses three drug checks within a 12-month period, that counts as a positive test.

Russell, who last month helped Islamabad United win the Pakistan Super league and was named man of the tournament, also plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.