Sunil Narine has picked 10 wickets in nine PSL matches at an average of 20.40. @ PTI

Pakistan Super League (PSL) Quetta Gladiators have suffered a major blow after West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has been ruled out for the initial leg of the upcoming season following a finger injury. Narine had aggravated his finger during the recently-concluded Bangladesh Premier League (BPL 2019).

According to a report in Cricbuzz on Tuesday, Narine’s participation remains in doubt subject to results of a medical examination. (ALSO READ: Pakistan Super League 2019: All you need to know)

The 30-year-old Narine, who has picked 10 wickets in nine PSL matches at an average of 20.40, was bought by Quetta Gladiators from Lahore Qalandars in the pre-season trade. The Gladiators have called up Somerset leg-spinner Max Waller as his cover.

“Obviously, you cannot like for like replacement of a big player like Narine but we have drafted in Waller and we are confident that he will add value to our team,” Quetta Gladiators coach Moin Khan was quoted as saying in the report. (ALSO READ: Fawad Ahmed quits first-class cricket in bid to make Australia’s World Cup squad)

“It’s a blow just before the start of PSL but we will try to cope with it. We have got the depth in our squad as there are plenty other match-winners. We wish Narine a quick recovery and hope to welcome him very soon during HBL PSL.”

Gladiators begin their campaign this year when they face last year’s runners-up Peshawar Zalmi on February 15.