Cricket West Indies should consider moving on from Andre Russell after he declined selection for the tour of New Zealand.
On his day, Russell is one of the most explosive and entertaining white-ball all-rounders in the world.
He’s capable of clearing any ground with bat in hand, of delivering hostile spells with the ball and of pulling off near-miracles in the field.
Russell is a showman, a big-game player.
However, by now, his commitment to the West Indies cause must come into question.
The Jamaica Tallawahs star should have been part of the T20I squad heading to New Zealand for a three-match series in November, but he and two other high-profile players declined selection.
Cricket West Indies insisted that they respected the decisions of Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons and Russell and that their non-attendance wouldn’t have an impact on future selection decisions.
Of course, some players may feel uncomfortable with travelling due to the global health crisis. Others may not feel they would be able to cope with the mental strain associated with living in bio-secure bubbles.
Yet, Russell’s involvement in the recent Lanka Premier League draft shows that those matters aren’t of particular concern to him.
The 32-year-old has subsequently pulled out of that tournament, citing injury, but the point still stands.