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Andre Russell to replace injured Steve Smith in Multan Sultans squad

Multan Sultans have replaced injured Steve Smith with West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell for the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League as the former Australian skipper was ruled out for six weeks with an elbow injury sustained during the Bangladesh Premier League.

Russell, who previously represented Islamabad United, was released by the franchise ahead of the player draft in November last year.

Multan based franchise made another change in their squad as they replaced Joe Denly with James Vince, who has been in fine form for the Sydney Sixers in the ongoing Big Bash League.

West Indies opening batsman Dwayne Smith, who has 679 runs in the PSL for Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi in the previous editions, was snapped up by Quetta Gladiators as cover for Dwayne Bravo who will be available from February 27 onwards.

Lahore Qalandars picked Hardus Viljoen and David Wiese to cover for the partial availability of AB de Villiers, Carlos Brathwaite and Corey Anderson.

Andre Fletcher was picked by Peshawar Zalmi, replacing Afghanistan’s left-arm seamer Waqar Salamkheil who pulled out of the tournament following a clash with Afghanistan’s tour of Ireland.

During the replacement draft, all six teams were also given the option of picking their 21st player from Pakistan. Lahore snapped up the middle-order batsman Saad Ali, while Multan went for the all-rounder Hammad Azam.

Quetta Gladiators and Karachi Kings opted for Mohammad Irfan Jr. and Umer Khan respectively. Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi did not submit their picks, but the PCB has confirmed both teams will name their player later.

PSL 2019 will kick off from February 14 with defending champions Islamabad United taking on Lahore Qalandars at Dubai.