Andre Russell: Star all-rounder Andre Russell responded to West Indies coach Phil Simmons’ comments on Instagram shortly after they were made. Lamenting that players put playing in T20 competitions ahead of representing their nations.

“It hurts. There’s no other way to put it. But what can you do? I don’t think I should be begging people to play for their countries.”

Simmons had been quoted

“I know this was coming, but I am gonna stay quiet!!!”

Russell took to Instagram to share a picture of a news article on Simmons’ comments and captioned it

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Andre Russell: “That’s Just How It Is”: Phil Simmons

Russell used furious and clap emojis to punctuate his caption, respectively. Russell has participated in 67 T20 International matches and last played for the West Indies in this competition in 2021. Players like Russell and Narine, who haven’t competed for the Windies since 2019, play in various domestic leagues. Including the Big Bash League, the Indian Premier League (IPL), and the Caribbean Premier League.

“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.”

Phil Simmons had said

Andre Russell: Availability of West Indies Players

The criticism was made in light of the lack of accurate information. Regarding the availability of players like Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Fabian Allen, and others. Barely months before the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. Currently, West Indies and New Zealand are playing a T20I series. Russell declared himself unavailable for selection, while the status of star spinner Narine is unknown.

Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas also skipped their fitness tests, and Fabian Allen withdrew due to personal reasons. The West Indies players Jason Holder, Obed McCoy, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Romario Shepherd, and Jayden Seales have all signed up for the South African T20 league. Which will be contested practically simultaneously with the ILT20 next year. Allen, Lewis, Rovman Powell, Akeal Hosein, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, and Dwayne Bravo are also on board for the ILT20. In addition to Russell and Narine.

Even though the T20 World Cup starts in Australia in the middle of October, it is rapidly approaching. West Indies is still far from assembling its entire crop of great T20I players. Now, it seems as though a tipping point may have been achieved. Haynes claims that the West Indies management will prioritize results in competitions organized by the CWI. Such as the upcoming CPL when making selections.

Regulars in the CPL like Russell and Narine raise the possibility. They won’t be ruled out of contention for the T20 World Cup.

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