Russell may appeal

February 01, 2017
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There is a possibility that Jamaica and West Indies cricketer Andre Russell may appeal the one-year ban levied against him yesterday by the Jamaican Anti-doping Disciplinary Committee for a whereabouts violation.

Russell learnt yesterday that the ban would be effective from January 31, 2017, to January 30, 2018.

The cricketer's attorney, Patrick Foster has intimated that he would discuss all the possible options with his client, including a possible appeal against the ban.

Foster argued that the commencement date of Russell's one-year ban should have been before January as he pointed out the fact that the process to deliver the verdict should have lasted only few weeks but was delayed for over two months.

However, tribunal chairman, Hugh Faulkner, said they took that into consideration and were convinced they came up with the right commencement date.

 

Commencement date

 

"In some instances they commence an earlier date, before the (date of) decision, but in this instance bearing in mind all the circumstances we believe the commencement date should be the date of the decision. If there is an issue, a point, grounds, our process allows another step (appeal) that you can take to challenge it," he said.

Faulkner told those in attendance at yesterday's hearing at the Jamaica Conference Centre that the evidence provided was sufficient found Russell guilty of three whereabouts filing (which equals a failed drug test) to the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission in 2015.

The T20 star missed filing his whereabouts for the periods, January 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015; July 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015, with the third coming for the same period (July 1, 2015 to September 1, 2015), because he failed to provide explanation in regards to anti-doping rules as to why he was late with the whereabouts filings.

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