Islamabad United have suffered a huge blow as Andre Russell will miss the rest of the PSL season with a hamstring injury.
Russell picked up the injury during the eight-wicket win against Karachi Kings’. It was Karachi’s first loss of the season.
The West Indies’ star player did not bowl and wasn’t required to bat either because Russell picked up a Grade 2 hamstring tear.
The physios have suggested that the Jamaican-born cricketer will need 4-6 weeks to recover.
The official said:
Russell was injured during the game against Karachi Kings and MRI results were not encouraging. He will not take any further part in the tournament.
This season, Russell featured in three matches for Islamabad United. In those games, he took 4 wickets and scored 82 runs including a last-ball six in a super over against Lahore Qalandars in Sharjah last week.
He also played a vital role in Islamabad United’s victorious PSL 2016 campaign.
ANDRE MIANDAD RUSSELL!!
ONE BALL | 3 RUNS | FRIDAY. Sharjah has hosted yet another match that is going to be remembered for ages to come. Last Ball. Last Chance. Last Man. AND A SIX! For the love of the game. #UnitedWeWin #SherKiDhaar #DimaghSe #PSL2018 pic.twitter.com/Nra7oSqrsS
— Islamabad United (@IsbUnited) March 3, 2018
Islamabad will announce the replacement for Russell after receiving the approval from PSL management.
Russell’s injury also implies that he will be missing Indian Premier League (IPL). Kolkata Knight Riders retained his services for the 2018 season and also signed Chris Lynn, who is also fighting fitness issues after receiving a shoulder injury.