Andre Russell
Andre Russell (Image Credit: Twitter)

Star West Indies National Cricket Team all-rounder Andre Russell has come up with a response to West Indies National Cricket Team head coach Phil Simmons on his non-availability for Team West Indies.

Just a few months before the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, Russell has made himself unavailable for selection and several other players’ availability is doubtful. Star spinner Sunil Narine’s position is unclear, Fabian Allen has pulled out for personal reasons and Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas have not appeared for their fitness tests.

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Phil Simmons
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On Wednesday, the West Indies National Cricket Team head coach Phil Simmons and chief selector Desmond Haynes expressed their disappointment at the lack of clarity on the availability of key players for the West Indies.

“It hurts. There’s no other way to put it. But what can you do? I don’t think that I should be begging people to play for their countries. I think if you want to represent West Indies, you will make yourself available.

“Life has changed, in that people have the opportunities to go different places and if they choose that over West Indies, that’s just how it is,” Simmons was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

Andre Russell Responds To West Indies Head Coach Phil Simmons

Andre Russell

The 34-year-old all-rounder Andre Russell has not played for the West Indies National Cricket Team since the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. However, he has been regularly playing T20 leagues all over the world. Russell is also not a part of the West Indies squad for the ongoing three-match T20I series against New Zealand.

While talking about Russell, West Indies National Cricket Team chief selector Desmond Haynes said:

“From what I have gathered, I think he is unavailable because he hasn’t made himself available.”

Meanwhile, Russell shared a post on his official Instagram handle on Friday, August 12, where he seemingly responded to West Indies management. He posted a screenshot of Simmons’ comments and wrote: “I know this was coming but am gonna stay quiet!!!.”

Andre Russell
Andre Russell (Image Credit: Getty)

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“I Know This Was Coming But Am Gonna Stay Quiet” – Andre Russell Comes Up With A Response To Phil Simmons On Non-availability