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West Indies cricketer Andre Russell has been banned for 12 months for breaching anti-doping regulations.

The Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel took the decision after the player failed to reveal his whereabouts between March and September 2015, reports Jamaica Observer. This constitutes a failed drugs test under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules.

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The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has made another strategic appointment to its Executive team. This time it is the appointment of Verlyn Faustin as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Faustin, who is the current Corporate Secretary, will be responsible for the day to day operations of the business, ensuring the organisation has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures. She will also lead the charge to put people systems in place to effectively grow the organisation and to ensure its financial strength and operational efficiency.

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Newly-appointed West Indies coach Stuart Law has said a conversation with his predecessor Phil Simmons helped convince him he had made the right decision to link up with the Caribbean side. Law was last week confirmed by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) as the new men's senior team coach on a two-year contract, and will formally assume duties next month ahead of England's one-day tour.

In a recent chance meeting in the United Arab Emirates, Law said Simmons had nothing but praise for the quality attitude of players in the Caribbean.

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Former West Indies Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul will return to Lancashire for this years County season, the north England cricket club has announced.

The 42-year-old last played for Lancashire in 2010 but with the departure of several experienced batsmen in recent seasons, the club has turned to Chanderpaul in order to strengthen their batting department.

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The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has appointed Australian, Stuart Law as Head Coach for the West Indies Senior Men’s Team.

In a career spanning almost 30 years as a professional coach and player, Stuart was the batting coach for the Australian men’s team to Sri Lanka in 2016. Before that he was part of the coaching staff for Bangladesh Under 19, Queensland Bulls, Brisbane Heat and had stints as High Performance Coach for Cricket Australia and head coach for Sri Lanka and Bangladesh senior teams.

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England on Friday named an unchanged squad for the tour of the West Indies from the side that finished the recent One-Day International (ODI) series in India, which they lost 1-2. In the tour of the Caribbean, England will play a three-match One-Day International (ODI) series starting in March in Antigua.

"There is a huge emphasis on white-ball cricket during the first half of 2017, as we continue our preparation ahead of this summer's Champions Trophy tournament in England", an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Friday.

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Test captain Jason Holder says one of his main goals is to transform the West Indies into a tightly knit unit and believes this will be the catalyst for any turnaround in the struggling team's fortunes.

The Caribbean side has endured a torrid time in Test and One-Day International (ODI) cricket over the last decade and are currently ranked eighth and ninth respectively in the formats.

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