Worcestershire sign Andre Russell to replace Jacob Oram
Worcestershire have signed West Indian Andre Russell for this year's FL t20 to replace the injured Jacob Oram.
The 34-year-old Kiwi all-rounder was due to make his debut on 28 June, but has been forced to return to New Zealand to undergo a hernia operation.
And Worcestershire have wasted no time in bringing in 25-year-old Russell, who has been playing in the Indian Premier League with Delhi Daredevils.
"I have always wanted to play county cricket," said Jamaica-born Russell.
"Having previously experienced some time at Worcestershire practising with the squad I am very much looking forward to playing in the T20."
Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes said: "Losing Jacob Oram to an injury is naturally a blow but this has been softened by the signing of Andre Russell.
"If he connects with the middle of his bat there are few grounds big enough."
Oram added: "I'm extremely disappointed to miss out on the opportunity to represent Worcestershire.
"I have never played county cricket before so I was really looking forward to the experience. Hopefully I can fulfil my county cricket playing ambition next season."