Worcestershire CCC can confirm that Jacob Oram, the Club's overseas signing for the 2013 Friends Life t20 campaign, is unable to fulfil his commitments with the County.
The 34 year old will be returning to New Zealand to undergo a hernia operation and will not feature for Worcestershire CCC this summer. Everybody at New Road wishes him a swift recovery.
Oram commented, "I'm extremely disappointed to miss out on the opportunity to represent Worcestershire CCC in this year's Friends Life t20 competition. 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, but for this season I wish Steve Rhodes and Worcestershire all the best."
Worcestershire CCC has sought a replacement in the form of West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell. The 25 year old will join the County for the first nine Friends Life t20 matches fresh from duty in the IPL with Delhi Daredevils.
Russell has featured in 57 t20 matches, with a Strike Rate of 148.87, the right-hander is certain to entertain the New Road crowd in this high octane format. In January, Russell's 4-22 landed him Man of the Match when his native Jamaica beat Guyana by five wickets in the Caribbean t20.
Russell commented "Having previously experienced some time at Worcestershire practicing with the squad I am very much looking forward to playing in their t20 competition. I have always wanted to play County cricket and I am excited about being involved in such a professional and friendly environment."
Director of Cricket, Steve Rhodes commented "Losing Jacob Oram to an injury is naturally a blow but this has been softened by the signing of Andre Russell who is a high class West Indian International all-rounder. He has ability with the bat, ball and in the field and if he connects with the middle of his bat there are few grounds big enough! He will add firepower and excitement to our Friends Life t20 campaign."