Selectors ‘will not punish’ Andre Russell for choosing LPL over New Zealand T20Is


CIT president clarifies that “West Indian cricket is not at war with Andre Russell”

Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt has assured West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell that the board is “not at war” with him and that the regional selectors will not be “vindictive” after the all-rounder opted for not participating in the recent T20I series in New Zealand.

Russell recently drew attention by running to represent the Colombo Kings in the current Lanka Premier League, having initially declined to play the T20I for the West Indies in New Zealand. Even Phil Simmons, the West Indies head coach, expressed surprise by stating that it was “news” to him that Russell was playing for Sri Lanka.

In a chat with Jamaica-based SportsMax TV this week, Russell cleared the air about why he decided to decline the offer to play in New Zealand when head coach Roger Harper called him in October, while the player represented the Kolkata Knight. Runners in the IPL. Russell revealed that he had explained to both Harper and West Indies white ball captain Kieron Pollard that his “headspace” was “messed up” as he moved between biosecure bubbles, an environment he described as close to being. ” in prison. “