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Andre Russell says he wants to represent West Indies in T20 World Cup next year

By India Today Sports Desk: Andre Russell has said that he would like to don the West Indies jersey for next year’s T20 World Cup and is willing to give up on a couple of his franchise league commitments to make it a reality.

Russell has been a T20 league globetrotter and made a name for himself in the IPL with KKR. However, the all-rounder wasn’t considered for the West Indies squad for the T20 World Cup qualifiers last year as the two-time champions crashed out without making it to the main draw.

Russell last played for West Indies during the 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE.

With West Indies set to play India in a five-match T20I series, Russell feels that it would be a good opportunity for him to make it to the side. The dashing all-rounder said he is available and wants to play in the next T20 World Cup and is willing to play a few series to get back into contention.

“I am available. I want to be a part of the next World Cup so that would be something special to me if they can add me to the squad,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

“I am willing to play a couple of series to make myself available. I am not just going to turn up and say I want to play at the World Cup from nothing at all.”

“I know how everything works; I know I have to sacrifice a couple leagues in order to play for West Indies. I am willing to do that and try to give them the best chance in the World Cup, and whatever I can contribute in whatever area, I am willing to do it,” Russell emphasised.

“There is an India series coming up that I would want to be a part of but no one has said anything to me and I am just minding my own business. I am just doing what I am doing — still training hard,” he added.

Russell had said that he had been in touch with new West Indies white-ball coach Daren Sammy but went on to say that he hasn’t heard anything after that.

“I have been trying to let these guys knowâ€æ I’m still willing to put my body on the line for West Indies cricket but no one has really come to me and said anything to me upfront.

“We [Sammy and I] spoke earlier when he just got the job and he said that he wants to know what I am up to and what I am available for, [but] then everything stopped. I haven’t heard from him after that. Obviously, he was busy with the [50-over] squad at the [recent] World Cup qualifiers [in Zimbabwe] so I not going to jump to anything,” he reasoned.


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