West Indies cricketer Andre Russell could be banned from the sport for a lengthy spell after a reported "anti-doping whereabouts" violation. The all-rounder is said to have missed three drug tests in 12 months, and his case is set to be heard by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO).
The Jamaican Observer reported Russell did not make himself available for such tests, and as per doping rules, it equates to testing positive. If the player is found guilty, he will be out of action for two years.
"We received notification of Russell's violation about two weeks ago and I've appointed a panel to hear his case," JADCO independent disciplinary panel chairman Kent Pantry was quoted as saying by Reuters.
World over, anti-doping agencies are very strict regarding such cases if a person is found guilty.
West Indies cricket may have to do away with Russell's services for two years, which is going to be huge disappointment. Russell, who is part of the World T20 squad for West Indies, is an important member of the team.
If the JADCO finds the player guilty in the next few days or so, he will also be ineligible for the World T20 in India, and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) would have to replace the player.
"There is a process regarding the findings by JADCO. All that will be observed and you will be advised accordingly," WICB said.