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West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has responded to head coach Phil Simmons on his non-availability for the side.
Simmons and the lead selector Desmond Haynes had expressed their disappointment at the lack of clarity over the unavailability of certain players, including Russell.
“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," said Simmons.
Meanwhile, Russell took to social media on Friday, August 12, where he responded to West Indies management. “I know this was coming but am gonna stay quiet!!!.”
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.
Apart from Russell and Narine, Allen, Lewis, Rovman Powell, Akeal Hosein, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran and Dwayne Bravo are also unavailable.