England star joins Islamabad for PSL

Sport360 staff 14:18 02/02/2017
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Steven Finn

Finn will replace Andre Russell in the squad after the latter was suspended for failing to file his whereabouts in relation to doping tests.

Russell has been banned from cricket for the period January 31, 2017 to January 30, 2018.

Islamabad United’s Director Cricket, Wasim Akram, gave his thoughts on Russell’s absence, saying: “I’ve known Andre for a while, from his Kolkata Knight Riders days to our work together here. I’m disappointed in the decision that means he will miss PSL 2.”

Regarding the signing of Finn, tAkram said: “Obviously there will be some who will question why we’ve replaced an all rounder with a genuine fast bowler, but having done the numbers, and having looked at the makeup of our squad he’s a great alternative to have for Andre.

“His record in Asia, particularly, stood out to us, and if he replicates that form during the PSL I’m sure he’ll play a major part in our successes this year. I look forward to working with him.”

While there have been reports circulating in the media regarding possible replacements for Russell – including the likes of AB De Villiers, Ben Stokes and Mitchell Johnson – only those players who were eligible in the final draft list of the HBL PSL were available for selection.

Finn joins Ben Duckett, Zohaib Khan, Shadab Khan and Syed Muzammil Shah as new signings for the franchise, further strengthening a squad that won the inaugural HBL PSL.

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