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Russell not worried about anti-doping case

Published:Saturday | July 2, 2016 | 7:00 AMShayne Fairman

West Indies and Jamaica Tallawahs all-rounder Andre Russell, who has a Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) case to answer to, says his lawyers are dealing with the matter and he is not bothered by the issue, but remains committed to playing cricket.

The Jamaican all-rounder and vice-captain of the Tallawahs says he is focused on helping to lead his Jamaican-based franchise to their second Caribbean Premier League (CPL) title.

Russell allegedly missed three doping tests within a 12-month period, prior to the recent T20 World Cup in India.

The 27-year-old was not provisionally suspended for violating any anti-doping rules, but his case drew attention from the local anti-doping watchdog as "he committed an anti-doping whereabouts rule violation after missing three tests in the space of 12 months".

"Little niggling injury, but I am gonna be ready for most of the games in the CPL this year.

At the moment, I don't want to talk about that (JADCO case), I just wanna focus on the CPL and whenever that situation comes up, we discus that. But, at the moment, my lawyers are on the case and I am just focussing on my cricket," he told The Gleaner.

Russell was present at an Appleton Jamaica Rum send-off function, held recently at the VIP Attractions Lounge, located at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

When pressed if he is worried about his case, the all-rounder said "no".

Meanwhile, a recent JADCO release said his case had been referred to the independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.

According to anti-doping rules, athletes must tell their local anti-doping agency where they will be for at least one hour each day to facilitate drug tests.

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

Russell's Tallawahs will play their opening match against the Patriots in Basseterre, St Kitts, today.