Steve Smith out for at least six weeks
Suspended ex-Aussie skipper Steve Smith is set to be on the sidelines for a long period owing to the elbow injury he suffered while in Bangladesh for the Bangladesh Premier League. Named the skipper of the Comilla Victorians, Smith failed to produce substantial scores in the two matches he played.
Ahead of the third match, reports emerged that Smith will be missing two matches in order to recuperate from the elbow injury. However, upon sending his reports to the Aussie physios, Smith was called back home from the BPL for further tests.
Now, it has been confirmed that Smith will have to go under the knife for the same. With less than three months remaining for his suspension to end, this blow could not have come at a worse time.
According to reports in cricket.com.au, he will have to be in braces for six weeks which will be followed by extensive rehabilitation. Rehabilitation for such surgeries can take months sometimes and the Aussie cricket board would be in no mood to rush him back, given the world cup is around the corner this would effectively mean him missing the whole BPL and also a part of, if not the whole PSL.
Earlier during the PSL draft, Smith was picked for the 'Sixth Team' which has now been named as Multan Sultans. Picked as a marquee platinum player, it would be a huge hole to fill for the team.
Smith's one-year ban was supposed to end on March 28 and there is no update on whether he will be available to play in the IPL. He is a part of Rajasthan Royals in the tournament and is expected to lead them once he comes back. David Warner, who was banned along with Smith for his involvement in ball tampering, is going well on his road back to glory as he has been playing in the T20 leagues around the world.
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