Russell receives No Objection Certificate

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Cricket all-rounder Andre Russell

Andre Russell will be issued a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Cricket West Indies to compete in the Lanka Premier League (LPL) T20 tournament. 

On October 16, Russell instructed CWI chief selector Roger Harper that he opted not to tour New Zealand because he wanted to “clear his head” and he was “going from one lockdown tournament to another. 

The Jamaican was drafted by the Colombo Kings on October 19 in round two for US $50,000 to compete in the Sri Lanka tournament. Russell then proceeded to pull out of the tournament because of injury, but earlier this week, it was revealed that Russell would compete in the LPL. 

In a Whatsapp message to Newsday Wednesday, CWI president Ricky Skerritt confirmed an NOC has been received by CWI and was being processed. Russell is not a contracted player and has the right to choose franchise T20 cricket over West Indies. 

On Tuesday West Indies coach Phil Simmons speaking to journalists via Zoom said he was not aware that Russell was in Sri Lanka. Skerritt said players will not be penalised for choosing leagues over West Indies cricket.