On Thursday 12th September, Andre Russel, an all-rounder with the Jamaica Tallawahs was hit on the head and carried away on a stretcher. The Caribbean Premier League was well into its ninth match when things came to a spiralling halt.
Jamaica Tallawahs was playing against St Lucia Zouks. In the 14th over of the game fast bowler Hardus Viljoen saw an unfortunate incident on the field. The ball hit Andre Russell near hit right ear and he immediately fell to the ground. He was surrounded by the players, who took off his helmet. However, he stood up, took a few steps, and stopped with an unsteady look on his face. The medical team assisted him in the hospital. It is believed that his helmet did not have a neck guard and that part was open to injury.
It was revealed later that Russell had to undergo scans and it was all clear. He was released from the hospital and headed back to the hotel for complete rest and recovery. Russell came out to bat as the sixth player in the 13th over. He barely got to open a run score when he got hit. It is uncertain if he will be available for the Saturday’s match, which is played against Trinbago Knight Riders.
These scenarios are becoming regular and are a very serious condition. Hence, in international cricket, there is now a substitute for those experiencing concussions. For instance, Marnus Labuschagne (Australia) was a substitute for Steve Smith and Jermaine Blackwood (West Indies) was for Darren Bravo after they suffered a blow to the head.
Jamaica Tallawahs scored 170 runs in 20 overs, which St Lucia Zouks chased with 20 balls to spare. The Jamaica Tallawahs are at the last position as they endured three direct losses in three matches. This tournament was not easy for them and this was the last nail in the coffin. After Russell’s injury, the game struggled to take off. However, the Jamaica Tallawahs are positive that Andre Russell will be back on the field after a few days of rest.
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