West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell will join the Melbourne Stars side for five matches.
“We’ve had a lot of injuries, a lot of guys yet to turn up,” Stars captain Glenn Maxwell said. “It’s just put us behind where we would like to be for round one, but you can’t win the tournament from round one. We’re hoping (Marcus Stoinis) is going to be back next week. We’ve got (Nathan) Coulter-Nile, Joe Burns, Qais Ahmad… another overseas signing (Russell), so we’ve got plenty of options,” he added.