Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief selector Roger Harper insists he is keeping a watchful eye on the situation surrounding all-rounder Andre Russell after the player decided to spurn the team’s invitation to tour New Zealand because he needed time to ‘clear his head.’
The 32-year-old’s choice could be looked upon as quite a reasonable one given his recent struggles, particularly in this season’s Indian Premier League (IPL). According to reports, however, Russell was recently drafted to take part in the Lankan Premier League, which will begin on November 21 and roughly take part at the same time as the team’s tour of New Zealand.
When pressed on the issue, Harper insisted he could not draw any conclusions and could only rely on what he had been told.
“Andre said he needed some time to clear his head. He wasn’t handling a situation very well, that’s what he said. How he chooses to clear his head, I can’t determine that,” Harper told the Mason and Guest radio program.
“I don’t know what decision he has made. Where he is playing or if he is playing. I can only look and see what he had told me and then look at what happens subsequently,” he added.
“He is free to make those decisions. We will look to see what the situation is, how it develops, and take it from there,” Harper said.
“What I will say is that it gives a younger player an opportunity and hopefully that player can make the most of it and really do us proud.”
Source : Sportmax tv