PSL 2018: Andre Russell raring to go for Islamabad United

PSL will be his cricket return since serving doping ban.

 Andre Russell will return to cricket with PSL. (Cricinfo)

PSL 2018 will be the very first assignment for Windies all-rounder Andre Russel post his cricket return. He is making a comeback into the game after serving a one-year dope ban. Russell, who is back with United after serving a year-long doping ban, admitted it was hard to watch his team play in last year’s PSL without being able to take part in the action.

“It was very hard to watch the matches, not injured, fully fit but unable to play,” he said Geo TV. 

He next went on to add the lessons that he has learned by staying away from the game since the last one year. 

“I’ve been watching a lot of cricket since, I’ve learned a lot, I got to understand a lot of cricket. I got to analyze the game more, by watching from the outside,” he added, as he spoke about his contribution for Jamaica in a recent tournament.

“I always look to get wickets, make a lot of runs. If I take a brilliant catch in the field or make an [outstanding] run out, that’s a bonus" added the West Indian all-rounder. 

Russell was part of the Islamabad United squad that lifted the inaugural PSL trophy in 2016.This year Islamabad United have a new-look squad, with a new director and mentor in Waqar Younis, after Wasim Akram parted ways to join Multan Sultans. Misbah-ul-Haq is all set to lead the team again. 

Earlier, in the IPL 2018 auctions, KKR used the Right to Match (RTM) card for Russel along with his Windies teammate Sunil Narine.

By Anshuman Roy - 22 Feb, 2018

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