Sydney Thunder have this morning been made aware that all-rounder Andre Russell has been given a 12 month suspension by the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission after failing to file his whereabouts on three separate occasions within a 12-month period in 2015.
"We are devastated for Andre,” said Sydney Thunder General Manager Nick Cummins.
“We haven't seen the written judgement, but given the circumstances surrounding the filing failures we thought he had a good chance of being exonerated. We will monitor the appeals process and assess our options."
Russell played the first five games of BBL06 before withdrawing due to injury and being replaced by international teammate Carlos Brathwaite.