Former Australian skipper and banned cricketer Steve Smith has been ruled out for the ongoing edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) due to an elbow injury after playing just two games for his side Comilla Victorians.
The official confirmation was given by Comilla Victorians and Smith will now return to Australian for further treatment.
This means Smith's immediate return to international cricket post ban has been put on hold with the former Australian skipper set to go under the knife to fix a sore elbow.
Cricket Australia also confirmed the news of his surgery and shared, "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.
Speaking about Steve’s injury, the Head Coach of Comilla Victorians, Mohammad Salahuddin, said, “Steve 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 batting. 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.”
The 29-year-old cricketer, who was leading the side in the highly prestigious tournament, scored just 13 runs in the two matches in which he presented his side. It includes a duck in the last match, in which his side was dismissed for a lowly score 63 runs.
But Salahuddin also revealed that Smith will return to the league once he had recovered from the injury.
This injury will come as a blow to Australia as the date of him joining back the international circuit is coming close and he is one of the most important members for the Aussies.
The Australian batsman is currently serving a one-year ban from international cricketer as he indulged in a ball-tampering controversy against South Africa in March, last year. He is not allowed to play in Australia’s domestic Sheffield Shield and Big Bash League too.
His fellow teammate and former deputy David Warner, who has also been banned from playing international cricket for one year, is also playing in the league and is currently leading Sylhet Sixers.
Both the players will be up for the national call-up in March 2019 and will be joining the Australian World Cup camp.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar