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West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell responded to his national team’s head coach Phil Simmons’ latest statement regarding senior players’ selection for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022. Simmons had said that he would not be “begging” players to be available for West Indies. nRussell reacted to the statement and wrote; “I know this was coming but am gonna stay quiet!!!” Later on, Russell spoke to former teammate and West Indian captain Darren Sammy on this matter.

“I’m going to be quiet, because at the end of the day, we had a discussion, and the discussion was very clear. So now, making me look bad, throwing me under the bus… I was expecting it. I’m going to stay quiet, Daren, to be honest,” he replied. When Sammy asked if he still wanted to play for the West Indies, Russell said a ‘big yes’.

“Of course, of course. The maroon is all over. Honestly, I have two franchise hundreds and I wish those hundreds were actually playing for West Indies. I don’t regret saying this just now. I really enjoyed playing for Jamaica Tallawahs but those two hundreds, it would be more special coming in international cricket,

“I always want to play and give back. But, at the end of the day, if we are not agreeing on certain terms, you terms is my terms [sic], and they have to respect my terms as well. At the end of the day, it is what it is. We have families and we have to make sure that we give our best opportunity while we have one career, “It’s not like I can start over again. I’m 34 and I want to win another World Cup – or two more – for West Indies because, at the end of the day, I’m here now, and I’m just taking it day by day,” he concluded.

'I want to win another World Cup or two more for West Indies,' Andre Russell 1

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