Elbow injury forces Smith to be out of BPL, delays international return
Steven Smith returned to Australia after featuring in two matches for the Comilla Victorians. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ অন্তত ছয় সপ্তাহ মাঠের বাইরে স্মিথ!]
The open end of Steven Smith’s diagnosis brought major blows both for the former Australia captain and his BPL franchise Comilla Victorians as on Saturday, Cricket Australia confirmed that Smith will need to go through surgical procedures to repair the traumatized elbow.
The surgery will be done as soon as on 15th of this month; Smith, thereafter, will require to wear a brace for at least six weeks before entering into the rehabilitation process.
Smith joined Comilla Victorians prior to the start of the league and had been appointed as captain of the franchise team. He returned to Australia for a check-up and hoping to join soon. But MRI scans revealed the extensive damage in Smith’s elbow forcing him to abandon the competition.
Smith played two matches for the Victorians and scored 16 and 0 respectively. Winning one game between two played, Comilla Victorians are in the fifth position in the point table.
Smith was roped in by the franchise as a replacement for Shoaib Malik initially but later added him into the said team after clearance from the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
BCB had earlier blocked his participation after other franchisees raised objections over Smith’s name not being in the initial list of drafted players.
The surgery, therefore, means his delay to return to international cricket after covering the suspension period for ball-tampering.
He’s also set to miss the Pakistan Super League and the Indian Premier League, which starts March 23.