"Carlos Brathwaite is dedicated to learning and advancing his game. With both bat and ball he's a very skilled T20 cricketer," said Paddy Uptin, Sydney Thunder coach    AFP (File Photo)
“Carlos Brathwaite is dedicated to learning and advancing his game. With both bat and ball he’s a very skilled T20 cricketer,” said Paddy Uptin, Sydney Thunder coach AFP (File Photo)

As it was just being considered that Andre Russell‘s Big Bash League (BBL) 2016-17 campaign for Sydney Thunder could be under jeopardy, following an unfortunate hamstring injury on Wednesday, reports have now emerged that his campaign has officially ended, after he was ruled of the tournament due to the injury on Thursday. Also, Thunder have announced his replacement in the form of his fellow West Indian teammate Carlos Brathwaite. Russell had earlier entered the tournament, while he is still awaiting the final verdict from the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission after he was alleged that he had missed mandatory drug tests, while he injured his leg on Wednesday during the game against Melbourne Stars.

“Andre has been playing with long standing tendinitis of the right knee, that flared up in the opening rounds for the BBL. This was investigated via MRI following the Perth Scorchers game and several interventions implemented to assist his symptoms and allow him to continue playing,” said Murray Ryan, Sydney Thunder physio. “Unfortunately Andre’s playing fitness has been compounded further by an injury to his left hamstring – the extent of this injury to be confirmed further via scans in Sydney tomorrow, however initial signs suggest a minimum 4-6 week recovery,” he added, reports ESPNCricinfo.

Meanwhile, Thunder coach Paddy Upton said, “It’s been a very tough period of his career with his pending judgement hanging over his head and to also be carrying a long standing injury into this tournament. It’s credit to his professionalism and commitment to his game and Thunder that he’s stuck it out.”

“Carlos is dedicated to learning and advancing his game. With both bat and ball he’s a very skilled T20 cricketer. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him for a season in the IPL and he really is the highest quality individual. He’s a top quality cricketer and person, which ticks the two big boxes when it comes to Thunder recruiting players,” he concluded.