West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has hit back on coach Phil Simmons after latter's begging remark on the unavailability of players for West Indies. Russell did not give much details but expected such remarks against him and expressed his desire to win another World Cup for his country.
Earlier, West Indies coach Phil Simmons opened up on his disappointment with the unavailability of player for the international cricket. Simmons said, "I don’t think that I should be begging people to play for their countries. I think if you want to represent the West Indies, you will make yourself available."
Russell replied by sharing a screenshot of the news on his official Instagram account and captioned, "I know this was coming but am gonna stay quiet!!!" Later he deleted the post. The hard-hitting all-rounder was recently asked about the controversy by former Windies skipper Darren Sammy during the Hundred.
Russell told Sammy on Sky Sports ahead of the match between Manchester Originals and Welsh Fire on Tuesday, "I'm going to be quiet because at the end of the day, we had a discussion, and the discussion was very clear. So now, making me look bad, throwing me under the bus… I was expecting it. I'm going to stay quiet, Daren, to be honest."
"It's not like I can start over again. I'm 34 and I want to win another World Cup - or two more - for West Indies because at the end of the day, I'm here now, and I'm just taking it day by day. Honestly, I have two franchise hundreds and I wish those hundreds were actually playing for West Indies. I don't regret saying this just now. I really enjoyed playing for Jamaica Tallawahs but those two hundreds, it would be more special coming in international cricket," he added.
"I always want to play and give back. But at the end of the day, if we are not agreeing on certain terms, your terms are my terms [sic], and they have to respect my terms as well. At the end of the day, it is what it is. We have families and we have to make sure that we give our best opportunity while we have one career," he said.
Russell will next play in the Caribbean Premier League after The Hundred as his involvement in the West Indies squad for the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 is uncertain. Apart from him, the T20 World Cup participations of Sunil Narine and Evin Lewis are also unclear as the players are yet to play for West Indies this year.