Thursday 26 November, 2020

Andre Russell pulls out of Lanka Premier League

Andre Russell in action for the Jamaica Tallawahs franchise in the 2020 Caribbean Premier League in Trinidad and Tobago.

Andre Russell in action for the Jamaica Tallawahs franchise in the 2020 Caribbean Premier League in Trinidad and Tobago.

Jamaica and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has withdrawn from the Lanka Premier League less than a week after he was drafted into a franchise team.

The 32-year-old, who had signed up to play for Colombo Kings, pulled out due to injury, according to Sri Lanka Cricket. However, there is a report that Russell did not request a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Cricket West Indies (CWI) that would gives him the right to play in the LPL.

A NOC is a document provided to players from member nations of the International Cricket Council that allows a cricketer to play in a domestic competition of another member nation.

CWI CEO Johnny Grave told Sportsmax.TV that it did not receive a NOC request from the Jamaican to play Lankan Premier League. 

Russell's exit from the Lankan Premier League is a bit of a surprise. The hard-hitting batsman signed up for the Lankan Premier League days after he declined to play in the West Indies proposed tour of New Zealand, which will feature three T20 Internationals and two Test matches from November 27 to December 15.

He has not played for the Kolkata Knight Riders since the game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on October 18 because of a knee injury but hasn't yet pulled out of the Indian Premier League entirely. No update has been given on his further involvement in the ongoing tournament.

Four other foreign players have also pulled out of the Lanka Premier League. They are Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Dawid Malan, and Manvinder Bisla.

Miller, du Plessis, and Malan have become unavailable because of the limited-overs series between South Africa and England, which set to begin on November 27.

The Lanka Premier League is scheduled to start on November 21 and run until December 13.

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