The police have launched an investigation to determine who was the real driver of a black Mercedes motorcar said to belong to Windies cricketer Andre Russell that was spinning donuts at a busy intersection in Kingston late last week.

Assistant Commissioner  Bishop Dr Gary Welsh, head of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary is ordering the investigation after a video emerged that suggests that West Indies cricketer Andre Russell was inside the Mercedes Benz motorcar and that his personal assistant might not have been the man behind the wheel.

Dennis Deitrich, a man claimed on Tuesday to be the driver of the vehicle that spun donuts at the intersection of Dunrobin Avenue and Dukharan Avenue in Kingston late last week.

Deitrich turned up at the location along with the police on Tuesday and publicly apologized. He claimed he was the driver but that he did not know it would become such a big issue. He said such an incident would never happen again.

The blowback on social media has been significant with most slamming the police for not doing their job and charging the driver, who risked harm to other drivers while spinning the powerful motorcar at the usually busy intersection.

Some posters on social media even called for the firing of Assistant Commissioner of Police.

“They made a fool out of @JamaicaConstab. In its stampede for publicity and likes on social media, it undermined respect for itself and public confidence. The inspector must be fired. He has abused his position and allowed this fellow to flout the law and be rewarded for it,” branding expert @DrHumeJohnson tweeted.

The new video that emerged overnight could prove to be an even bigger public relations disaster for the police, as it suggests that a man resembling Russell was a passenger in the car and that Deitrich might not have been the driver.

The video begins as the car emerges from the final donut turns, smoke billowing from the tyres as the car straightens out and races towards the videographer.

As it gets closer, the car slows to reveal two men inside, one of whom appears to be Russell in the passenger seat. It was not clear who was behind the wheel.

It is not clear if the video is from the same incident but if validated, it would prove to be more egg on the face of the police who staged the ill-advised publicity stunt on Tuesday afternoon.

Under Jamaica’s penal code, a conviction for reckless and careless driving could see an offender face a fine of about US$2000 and possible incarceration.

There has been strong public backlash over what members of the public have deemed a sham of a public apology issued by a man described as the personal assistant to West Indies cricketer Andre Russell over a stunt he pulled along Dunrobin Avenue in Kingston last week.

Pakistan medium pace bowler Kaleem Sana outlasted superb Windies all-rounder Andre Russell as the Winnipeg Hawks dethroned the Vancouver Knights to claim the Global T20 Canada title via a Super Over on Sunday.

In the thrilling encounter, the Hawks, led by an industrious 90 from 45 from Shaiman Anwar, put 192 for 8 on the board during their time at the crease.  In pursuit, the defending champions were in early trouble following the dismals of opener Chadwick Walton and then Tobias Visee with just two runs on the board. 

With the Knights continuing to lose wickets at regular intervals it seemed the Hawks were well on their way to victory when Russell came to the crease, with the team struggling at 140 for 5 and only three overs to go.  The big West Indian, however, had other ideas.  Russell clobbered a dominant 46 from 20 deliveries but saw the Knights fall just short of overhauling the target as Saad Bin Zafar was run out on the last ball of the final over, leaving the teams tied on 192.

Just like he was in the final over, Sana was given the responsibility during the one-over eliminator and although the West Indian clobbered him for six on the first delivery, he recovered to have Russell caught on the boundary by Dwayne Smith on his fourth.

Having claimed 4 for 29, Russell took the ball to defend his team’s 9 runs but was unable to do so.

Carlos Brathwaite has come to Andre Russell's defence after the West Indies all-rounder appeared in the Global T20 (GT20) in Canada hours after pulling out of an international match injured.

Russell saw his Cricket World Cup cut short with a left knee injury and then aggravated the issue in the GT20.

The 31-year-old had been named in the Windies' squad for their first two Twenty20 internationals against India pending a fitness test, yet he informed selectors of his inability to feature.

However, hours after Jason Mohammed was called up in his place, Russell turned out again for Vancouver Knights in the GT20.

Brathwaite believes Russell receives too much criticism for his patchy fitness record, however, suggesting he instead deserves credit for trying to play when possible.

The Windies skipper suggested Russell was playing for Vancouver without being "100 per cent" but did not wish to risk producing below-par performances for his country.

"I think he's been knocked in the press a bit because of his injury woes," Brathwaite told a news conference. "And I think it's easy for us to see him hobbling around the field and just take for granted that he's injured.

"But we can also look at it on the other side and say he could be home, he could be elsewhere and not trying to play for the West Indies.

"Speaking for myself as captain of the T20 team, and speaking for myself as Andre's friend, whenever we speak about playing for West Indies, that's always his main goal.

"And we've seen in the World Cup, whether he was 100 per cent or not – it's debatable – the fact that he wanted to be at the World Cup, wanted to pull on the shirt and wanted to perform for the people in the West Indies and his mates in the dressing room, I think, is testament to the person he is.

"I think we need to start commending the fact that he actually tries to get on the park and stop lambasting the fact that he probably doesn't stay on it till the end of the 50 overs or the 20 overs.

"Even against my better judgment, I told him to sit out this series. But he really wanted to play, he really wanted to come and show off his skills and show off what he does in franchise cricket for the West Indies.

"Unfortunately, he took another knock and he doesn't think that, if he comes here, he'd be doing justice to other people who could be here and are 100 per cent.

"Obviously, he's a big loss, not only on the field but off the field. In the dressing room, in and around the team, he's a big character, very jovial and, in my eyes, a leader in the dressing room as well.

"But obviously, if we need to get him ready for the Twenty20 World Cup, we have to do without him for a couple of series.

"I prefer that than pushing him in this series and making a long-term injury."

West Indies T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite has come to the defence of injured teammate Andre Russell, who he believes has come in for some harsh press after a number of injuries have impacted his international output.

After feeling discomfort during the Global T20 Canada, Andre Russell asked to be excused from duty for the West Indies in the first T20 internationals against India in the Caribbean.

During a pre-match press conference, Brathwaite, made it clear where he stood on the issue.

Brathwaite tackled those who thought Russell did a disservice to the West Indies’ World Cup hopes, saying:

"And speaking for myself as captain of the T20 team and speaking for myself as Andre's friend, whenever we speak about playing for West Indies, that's always his main goal. And we've seen in the World Cup -whether he was 100% or not, it's debatable - but the fact that he wanted to be at the World Cup, wanted to pull on the shirt and wanted to perform for the people in the West Indies and his mates in the dressing room, I think, is testament to the person he is. And I think we need to start commending the fact that he actually tries to get on the park and stop lambasting the fact that he probably doesn't stay on it till the end of the 50 overs or the 20 overs,” said Brathwaite.

According to the skipper, the more important part of the equation, is Russell’s willingness to play for the West Indies.

"I think he's been knocked in the press a bit because of his injury woes. And I think it's easy for us to see him hobbling around the field and just take for granted that he's injured but we can also look at it on the other side and say he can be home, he could be elsewhere and not trying to play for the West Indies.

Russell, Brathwaite revealed, would have played in these T20s if prodded to do so, despite his less-than-100 per cent fitness status.

"Even against my better judgment, I told him to sit out this series, but he really wanted to play, he really wanted to come and show off his skills and show off what he does in franchise cricket for the West Indies. Unfortunately, he took another knock and he doesn't think that if he comes here that he'd be doing justice to other people who could be here and are 100%. Obviously, he's a big loss, not only on the field but off the field. In the dressing room, in and around the team, he's a big character, very jovial and in my eyes, a leader in the dressing room as well,” said Brathwaite.

The skipper then asked that the press look at the bigger picture, because there were other tournaments the West Indies have an eye on doing well at, tournaments Russell will be important to.

“ … Obviously, if we need to get him ready for the Twenty20 World Cup, we have to do without him for a couple of series, I prefer that than pushing him in this series and making a long term injury.”

Andre Russell has been replaced by Jason Mohammed in the West Indies squad for their first two Twenty20 internationals against India.

Russell was named in the party for the Florida leg of the series subject to a fitness test after a left knee injury cut short his Cricket World Cup.

However, the star all-rounder informed the Windies selectors he had been suffering with discomfort during the Global T20 tournament in Canada and was forced to withdraw.

Interim head coach Floyd Reifer said of Mohammed: "He is a player with lots of experience in all three formats and [has] done well for Trinidad and Tobago as well as Guyana Amazon Warriors.

"It is not easy to the fill the shoes of someone like Andre Russell, who has dominated T20 cricket all over the world and helped West Indies win the ICC T20 World Cup on two occasions.

"We believe Jason is capable of good performances and we back him to perform at this level and win games as well."

The Windies start against India on Saturday, then play the second T20 in Florida, too, before heading to Guyana to continue the series.

After three T20s, the sides will play a trio of ODIs and two Tests.

West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has undergone successful knee surgery after being ruled out of the rest of the Cricket World Cup.

The 31-year-old endured a frustrating tournament, taking five wickets in four matches and averaging only 12 with the bat.

He was treated at a Manchester hospital, according to a post on his Instagram page, where he wrote: "Surgery was a success thanks for the kind words from everyone!"

Russell was replaced in West Indies' squad by opening batsman Sunil Ambris, who could come into contention to face India at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Ambris has played only six ODIs but scored 148 against Ireland last month and also made an unbeaten half-century against Bangladesh.

West Indies have won just one of their opening six matches at the World Cup.

West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell successfully underwent knee surgery on Wednesday after being forced out of the ICC World Cup because of injury.

Sunil Ambris has been cleared to replace the injured Andre Russell in West Indies' Cricket World Cup squad.

All-rounder Russell was ruled out of the rest of the tournament due to a knee injury.

Opening batsman Ambris was selected as the man to take Russell's place and the ICC on Monday sanctioned the replacement.

Ambris has played only six ODIs but scored 148 against Ireland last month and also made an unbeaten half-century against Bangladesh. 

The 26-year-old right-hander will be hoping to get the nod to partner Chris Gayle at the top of the order when the Windies face India in a must-win contest at Old Trafford on Thursday. 

West Indies are confident Andre Russell will be fit to face Bangladesh at Taunton on Monday in what could prove a pivotal World Cup match.

The all-rounder was forced off the field in Friday's match against England because of a knee problem, and could only bowl two overs.

A fit Russell is a major asset to West Indies and captain Jason Holder said the Jamaican was "progressing quite nicely", with a final decision on his availability to be left until the morning of the match.

Holder allayed concerns over Evin Lewis, who took a blow to the body in the nets, saying the opener had only "a little bruise" and should be fit to play. Lewis has scored just three runs in two innings so the Windies will be relying on him to improve on that, if selected.

Bangladesh have won seven of their last nine ODIs against the Windies, including the last four matches, and Holder said his team would look to counter that recent history.

"If you want to put us in the underdog category, fair enough," Holder said on Sunday. "We've played them quite a bit in the recent past and they've gotten the better of us in recent past. [This is a] different stage, lots at stake for this game. We're all up for it."

Bangladesh are hopeful Mushfiqur Rahim will be able to take part after X-ray and MRI scans gave him the all-clear following a nets scare.

The wicketkeeper-batsman was hit on the hand by a delivery from team-mate Mustafizur Rahman but was "totally fine" on Sunday, according to captain Mashrafe Mortaza.

Bangladesh and West Indies have both won once, lost twice and had a match rained off at the World Cup, leaving five matches to play.

Both are seeking to rediscover early momentum, knowing further defeats at this stage will put their semi-final hopes in serious doubt.

 

TOURNAMENT SO FAR

Bangladesh have shown flashes of their potential, beginning with victory over South Africa before losing a tight match to New Zealand. Their bowlers could not cope with England's brutal batting in Cardiff, however, and that is sure to have alerted the likes of Chris Gayle.

West Indies also started strongly by rolling over Pakistan at Trent Bridge. They fell just short against Australia at the same ground but were crushed by eight wickets against England at Southampton, an outcome that shattered some of the optimistic illusions around their pace attack.

WHAT THEY SAID

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza: "We still have five matches left. So you never know. You don't have to think [about] all those five matches. Tomorrow's match is very important. We have to take one by one. It's been ups and downs. But still a lot of matches left. We can make the difference. And we have to believe in it, which I believe that my team is believing."

West Indies captain Jason Holder: "I don't want to sit here and try to perceive what they would come with, but we're open to anything. Traditionally they rely heavily on their spinners. We don't expect them to move too far away from it. It's a smallish ground. I saw the wicket today as well. There's quite a bit of grass on it. We'll see how it plays. But we know what we're expecting in a sense from Bangladesh. And I can't see them being much different from that."


OPTA FACTS

- Bangladesh have lost their last two completed World Cup matches and have not lost three in a row in the same World Cup since the 2007 tournament. The last defeat in that run came against West Indies.

- West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has an ODI batting strike rate of 130.6, the best of any batsman from any country to score 500 or more runs in the format.

- West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer needs 34 runs to reach 1,000 in ODIs. He averages 40.3 with the bat so far in his career.

- Bangladesh paceman Mustafizur Rahman is set to play his 50th ODI. He already has 87 wickets to his name at an average of 23.4 - the best average of anyone to take more than five wickets for Bangladesh.

- Shakib Al Hasan requires 23 more runs to become the second player to score 6,000 men’s ODI runs for Bangladesh, joining Tamim Iqbal who stands on 6,695.

West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell became the third player forced to leave the field due to injury during Friday's Cricket World Cup game against England at the Rose Bowl. 

Putting extra effort into a short-pitched delivery that struck Jonny Bairstow on the helmet, the paceman fell in his follow through and had to be helped off the field.

So often a dynamite player for the Windies, Russell also needed treatment whilst batting after striking consecutive sixes, with additional support being given to his wrist.

Russell has been troubled by a knee problem, hobbling off in his side's crushing win over Pakistan.

England suffered their own injury problems during the West Indies innings of 212 all out - Jason Roy sidelined after feeling tightness in his left hamstring before captain Eoin Morgan's back spasms meant Jos Buttler had to step into the breach as captain.

Test skipper Joe Root moved up the order in England's run chase, with Roy unable to open.

West Indies' pacers have shown sparks of the old Caribbean fire, but it needs to translate into more consistency, and wins for the team, before they can be truly compared to the greats of that era. 

Windies all-rounder Andre Russell is confident he will be fit and ready to face Australia, in the team’s second match of the ICC Cricket World Cup, on Thursday.

The 31-year-old Russell had an impressive cameo in the opening match for the Windies, who registered a convincing 7-wicket win over Pakistan.  The player, who was brought into the team mainly for his batting, was deadly with the ball in the opener as a barrage of short-pitched deliveries earned him figures of 2 for 4 in three overs.

The player who has, however, been plagued by knee injuries throughout his career, left hearts in mouths after seeming to develop a problem in the closing stages of the Pakistan innings.  The player seemed to have sustained the damage while stooping for the ball in the deep and toppled over the boundary to receive treatment.  Russell though remains confident his medical team can handle the issues ahead of the early blockbuster match-up.

"I've been playing for years with these knee injuries," Russell said after the match. "And sometimes it feels worse than some days but, at the end of the day, I'm a professional. I know what to do to get back. I think I have five days before the next game so that is more than enough time to get my knee back to normal and get it settled.

"Let's just see what happens. I have a good physio team, massage team, here so they're going to be working with me closely for the next couple of days."

 

Andre Russell and Chris Gayle will be monitored after sustaining knocks in West Indies' emphatic Cricket World Cup win over Pakistan on Friday.

Russell, who took 2-4 from three overs of predominantly short-pitched bowling, and Gayle, the only player to reach 50 with the bat, each contributed significantly to a brilliant seven-wicket win in Nottingham.

However, Russell was treated for an apparent ankle injury he sustained towards the end of Pakistan's innings, while Gayle looked to be suffering with a back problem shortly before he fell to Mohammad Amir.

Windies captain Jason Holder is optimistic the duo will have time to recover, with their next match not until Thursday against Australia.

"[Russell] limped off the field, so we're just obviously going to monitor him over the next few days and see how he pulls up for our second encounter against Australia," Holder said.

"I, myself, am not 100 per cent sure what's actually going on with Andre.

"As I said, we've got five days before our next game, so we'll just assess him over the next few days and we'll see what happens."

On Gayle, the skipper added: "[It is the] same thing. After the game, I was eating and what not, so I'm not exactly sure what's going on with Chris, too.

"But the mere fact they sent the physio back off the field is a promising sign, so again, we've got five days to see how he pulls up."

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