Andre Russell, key player of the Islamabad United, who was involved in their title win last season, was handed over a year ban yesterday for missing his drug tests in 2015. Team management has now announced his replacement.

Steven Finn – 27 years old England’s international player has been drafted in. He has represented England in 21 T20 Internationals; and holds a very impressive record in Asia.

Director Cricket of Islamabad United, Wasim Akram said that Finn looked the best replacement for Russell, but he also expressed disappointment at losing the services of Andre Russell.

“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,” Wasim 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, Finn is a great alternative to have for Andre,” the former Pakistan captain further added.

Finn has taken 22 T20 wickets in Asia at an average of 15.77, but the last time he played the format was back in July 2016.