Former Australian cricket captain Steve Smith who was droped out of the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 tournament because of an elbow injury after playing just two matches, is set to go under the knife to fix an elbow injury with less than three months to serve on his year-long suspension.
Pakistan Super League’s Franchise suffered a huge blow ahead of Pakistan Super League’s 4th edition as Steven Smith has been ruled out of PSL.
Steven Smith who was playing in BPL for Comilla Victorians’ has flown back to Sydney for a check-up as a previous elbow injury flared up in the last couple of days.
Smith is set to undergo surgery to repair a ligament in his right elbow on Tuesday.
He is expected to wear a brace for six weeks after the operation before returning to training, which will rule him out of the Pakistan Super League, and makes it highly doubtful he would be fit to play any part in the one-day series against Pakistan that had been suggested as his international comeback if the fixtures lined up with the end of his year-long ban.
The timescale for his recovery will also put him in doubt for the IPL which starts on March 23.
However, the main concern for the Australia selectors will be if the injury means he is not able to play any international cricket before the World Cup squad has to be named on April 23.
A Cricket Australia spokesperson said on Saturday his return to playing will be made clearer once the brace is removed.
“Steve Smith will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a ligament in his right elbow. He is expected to wear a brace for six weeks before commencing rehabilitation. Return to play time frames will be clearer once the brace has been removed,” a CA spokesman said.
Smith returned home from the Bangladesh Premier League overnight to undergo scans on the injured elbow.
The injury is a major blow to Smith, whose 12-month suspension for his involvement in the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal ends on March 28.
The setback comes with less than six months to go before Australia’s World Cup title defence in England, which is immediately followed by an away Ashes series.
The 29-year-old played only two matches for the Comilla Victorians in the BPL, where he scored 16 and zero.
“Smith has suffered an elbow injury. We are not sure how he picked it up, but the last two days he could not bat in training due to the problem,” Victorians head coach Mohammad Salahuddin told AFP.
“He had an MRI test here but the result was not very clear. He sent the report to Australian physicians who advised him to return home immediately.”
During his ban, Smith has played T20 in Canada and the Caribbean before his aborted spell in Bangladesh. He has also played regular grade cricket for Sutherland and has trained with the New South Wales and Sydney Sixers squads but now faces an even bigger challenge to be ready for the demands of a World Cup campaign.
(It include content from ESPNcricinfo / Cricket Australia)