An allrounder from Jamaica, Andre Russell made his first-class debut at the age of 19 and developed into a useful seamer and a reliable lower-order batsman. He made his way into the West Indies A squad and captured plenty of attention when drowning Ireland with his all-round exploits in a 50-over game in June 2010, smashing 61 off 34 balls and taking 6 for 42. It was a performance that would help him win a place in West Indies' World Cup squad.
At the tournament, Russell challenged England in a closely-fought game in Chennai, taking 4 for 49 and threatening to pull off the chase in a game his team eventually lost. He picked up five wickets in Jamaica's fourth successive title win in West Indies' first-class competition, and shone against India with a counter-attacking, unbeaten 92 in Antigua.
He will be looking to play as a specialist batman for Islamabad United in the PSL.
A serial winner unlike any other. In 2015/16 Russell was part of seven franchises in the T20 league circuit: each of his teams won their respective competitions. An elite all rounder who can win the match on his own in all three disciplines, he has previously been the MVP of the IPL and the highest wicket taker of the PSL. That’s all before considering the fact that he is a two-time world champion.
He truly stepped up for the West Indies in the 2016 World T20 where he finished as the team’s highest wicket taker, and played a match winning innings in the semi final to knock India out, on course to making the West Indies the first team to win multiple World T20 titles.
The epitome of flamboyance, Russell’s theatricality extends to his personality as well. Famously he unveiled a mohawk for the 2015 ICC World Cup. Twelve months later, as his national team won the World T20 title that mohawk was dyed blonde.
Russell will re-join Islamabad United for PSL 3, after serving a year long ban for missing drugs tests.