Andre Russell pulls out of India T20s, plays Global T20 Canada hours after announcement

Sudhir Gupta 15:42 03/08/2019
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West Indies' Andre Russell.

West Indies star all-rounder Andre Russell’s recent fitness concerns came to fore once again as he pulled out of the first two India T20s.

Russell has been struggling with knee issues that have hampered his bowling. He batted in the IPL and then the World Cup despite wrist issues and started the World Cup bowling at top pace but soon broke down. He was ruled out of the World Cup after four matches.

He underwent knee surgery but experienced discomfort once again during the Global T20 Canada tournament, playing for Vancouver Knights.

He expressed his unavailability for the first two matches of the T20 series against India in Florida which starts on Saturday. West Indies announced Jason Mohammed as his replacement.

However, just hours after West Indies Cricket made the announcement, Russell turned out for Vancouver in the GT20.

Russell did not bowl against Edmonton Royals but he did bat, getting out for a golden duck against Ben Cutting. The star all-rounder’s decision to play in the GT20 after announcing his unavailability for the Windies has not gone down well with a section of fans.

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