Russell ready to curtail league commitments for T20 World Cup

Courtesy: BCCI/IPL

Written by Vaibhav Tripathi 

All-rounder Andre Russell has expressed his eagerness to represent the West Indies in next year’s T20 World Cup. He also stated his willingness to prioritise national duty over certain franchise league commitments.

Known as a T20 globetrotter, the 35-year-old has made a significant impact in franchise T20 competitions worldwide. However, he had a disagreement with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) last year when Phil Simmons (then head coach) raised concerns about the lack of clarity regarding Russell’s availability for the West Indies.

“I am available. I want to be a part of the next World Cup, so that would be something special to me if they can add me to the squad,” Russell told the Jamaica Observer.

“I am willing to play a couple of series to make myself available. I am not just going to turn up and say I want to play at the World Cup from nothing at all. I know how everything works. I know I have to sacrifice a couple of leagues in order to play for West Indies. I am willing to do that and try to give them the best chance in the World Cup. And whatever I can contribute in whatever area, I am willing to do it,” Russell said.

One month back, Daren Sammy, the current head coach of the West Indies white ball team, conveyed his keenness to have Russell and Sunil Narine back in the limited-over set-up. Next year’s T20 World Cup will be held in the West Indies and the US. 


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