BBL 11: Melbourne Stars sign up Andre Russell for 5 games

Andre Russell will feature in BBL after a gap of four years.

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Melbourne Stars has signed up ace West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) 11.

Andre Russell is currently undergoing mandatory 72 hours quarantine and will play 5 games for Melbourne Stars, starting with a game against Sydney Thunder at MCG on Friday (10th December). 

The explosive all-rounder will play in the tournament after a gap of four years as his last appearance in the league was marred by injury before he was handed a one-year ban for failing to inform the authorities about his whereabouts during doping tests. 

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Russell had earlier represented Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League and playing for Melbourne Stars will mark his third franchise in the tournament. 

Speaking about Russell’s signing with the Melbourne Stars, head coach David Hussey, admitted that it’s a ‘huge signing for their club as they want the Stars family to watch best players in action. He added that he’s eager to work with him and looking forward to his debut on Friday. 

“To have someone of Andre’s quality play for the Melbourne Stars is a huge signing for our club. We want our Stars family to watch the best players in action at the MCG and Andre is world-class. I can’t wait to work with him in the time that he’s here and look forward to his debut on Friday night,” David Hussey said. 

Talking about the same, Melbourne Stars General Manager, Blair Crouch said that cannot wait to see Andre Russell in front of MCG crowds. He added that Stars always strive to get the best players in their team and Andre Russell falls in that category. 

“We cannot wait to see Andre at the MCG in front of some big crowds this summer. At the Stars, we always strive to have world-class players for our members and fans to admire, and Andre falls comfortably into that category. We look forward to seeing him entertain and thrill everyone, starting on Friday against the Thunder at the MCG,” Blair Crouch said. 

Notably, Andre Russell is coming off a sensational performance in the T10 League Final. The all-rounder scored 90 runs off just 32 balls to lead the Deccan Gladiators to the trophy.

(ANI inputs) 


By Ankitjit Singh - 08 Dec, 2021

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