Kingston (Jamaica), Jan 31: West Indies' big-hitting all-rounder Andre Russell has been banned from cricket for a period of one year for a doping code violation, media reports said on Tuesday (January 31).
The 28-year-old Russell was handed a 12-month ban starting from today (January 31) due to the violation of whereabouts clause under anti-doping rules by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
The charges against the cricketer were brought by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) in March 2016. And an independent anti-doping disciplinary panel announced the decision of ban.
According to media reports from Jamaica, Russell had failed to file his whereabouts on three occasions in the year 2015. This constitutes a failed drugs test under WADA guidelines.
"West Indies cricketer Andre Russell was a short while ago banned for 12 months by the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel starting January 31, 2017 and ending January 30, 2018," a report on "Jamaica Observer" said.
This ban will have an impact on the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 too as Russell is part of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) side. He will miss the 10th edition of the tournament this year due to the suspension.
Reacting to the news, KKR's CEO Venky Mysore said it was a "big loss" for the team. "surely a big loss. More importantly feel bad for @Russell12A. I am sure he's gutted," Venky wrote on his Twitter page.
Russell has played 1 Test, 53 One Day Internationals and 43 Twenty20 Internationals for West Indies. Last year, he was part of the ICC World Twenty20 2016 winning squad.
Here is all you need to know about WADA's Whereabouts clause
1. WHAT ARE WHEREABOUTS?
Whereabouts are information provided by a limited number of top elite athletes about their location to the International Sport Federation (IF) or National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) that included them in their respective registered testing pool as part of these top elite athletes' anti-doping responsibilities.
2. WHY ARE WHEREABOUTS IMPORTANT FOR CLEAN SPORT?
Because out-of-competition doping controls can be conducted without notice to athletes, they are one of the most powerful means of deterrence and detection of doping and are an important step in strengthening athlete and public confidence in doping-free sport. Accurate whereabouts information is crucial to ensure efficiency of the anti-doping programs, which are designed to protect the integrity of sport and to protect clean athletes.
The concept of out-of-competition is not new. Experience has shown that out-of-competition testing is crucial to the fight against doping, in particular because a number of prohibited substances and methods are detectable only for a limited period of time in an athlete's body while maintaining a performance-enhancing effect. The only way to perform such testing is by knowing where athletes are, and the only way to make it efficient is to be able to test athletes at times at which cheaters may be most likely to use prohibited substances and methods.
3. WHERE CAN WHEREABOUTS RULES BE FOUND?
Whereabouts rules are part of the International Standard for Testing (IST). The IST is mandatory for Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs, including IFs, NADOs, Major Games Organizers, etc.) that have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (the document harmonizing anti-doping rules in all sports).