WINDIES T20 star, Andre Russell, will be back to playing cricket in January and already has one contract lined up after Pakistan Super League (PSL) team Islamabad United bought him in Sunday’s draft.
On a day when Chris Gayle failed to find a team, Russell found himself in a team with fellow Windies T20 player, Samuel Badree.
Russell has not played cricket for a year after he was banned by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) after committing a ‘wheareabouts violation’.
The violation came because on three occasions in the space of a year, Russell failed to tell JADCO where he would be, so they could test him. The violation is treated in the same manner as a positive drug test.
Russell will also be playing alongside Mohammad Sami, and Shadab Khan, who turned out for his Jamaica Tallawahs during his absence at this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League.
Other Windies players in the PSL are Nicolas Pooran, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Darren Sammy, and Carlos Brathwaite.
Pollard, Pooran and Darren Bravo will team up for the Multan Sultans, while Sammy and Dwayne Bravo turn out for Peshawar Zalmi.
Lahore Qalandars have the services of Narine while the Quetta Gladiators will make do with Windies T20 skipper, Brathwaite.