Big-hitting West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell suffered a brutal blow to his head when he was batting in a Caribbean Premier League (CPL) match Thursday. Russell was batting for the Jamaica Tallawahs in the first inning of the match at Sabina Park. Immediately after the incident, he was taken for a CT scan.
The incident took place in the 14th over, after Russell, batting on zero, failed to connect with a pull. Zouks pacer Hardus Viljoen had bowled a short ball, and the ball struck Russell’s helmet near the right ear.
Russell dropped to the ground and the Zouks’ fielders helped remove his helmet. When the medical team rushed in to check on Russell, the batsman was able to stand up.
Andre Russell has been stretched off, after being hit by Viljoen😔
— Jamaica Tallawahs (@JAMTallawahs) September 13, 2019
The Windies all-rounder began to walk off the pitch before retiring hurt. He couldn’t make the long return to the pavilion on his feet and a stretcher was called in. A brace was put on Russell’s neck as he was being taken off.
Russell has been cleared of any serious injury. “Under the doctor’s advice he has headed back to the team hotel with his wife and a member of the Tallawahs medical team to rest and recover,” the league said on Twitter.