West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell, who was supposed to represent Islamabad United in Pakistan Super League (PSL), was banned on Tuesday for one year for a doping rule violation.
Islamabad United had decided to retain their West Indian all-rounder in their team though Russell was awaiting clearance after his doping case hearing.
The two-times Twenty20 World Cup winner was revealed to have committed the violation 11 months ago after registering three filing failures in 2015. That constitutes a failed drugs test under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules.
“Mr Russell was found guilty of a doping violation,” Hugh Faulkner, chairman of the independent anti-doping tribunal that handed out the punishment, said in a statement.
The 28-year-old Jamaican, who helped the West Indies win their second World T20 title in 2016, will be banned for a year from Jan, 31.
WADA rules state that athletes across all sports must inform their local anti-doping agencies where they will be for at least one hour each day to facilitate drug tests.