Former Australia captain Steve Smith set for period out after elbow surgery

Former Australia captain Steve Smith set for period out after elbow surgery

Smith was asked to return home from Bangladesh where he was playing in Bangladesh Premier League after he felt discomfort while batting. A ligament in Smith's right elbow is the cause for concern. With less than three months remaining for his suspension to end, this blow could not have come at a worse time.

Speaking to Fox Cricket during the Boxing Day Test, Smith said Cricket Australia officials had told him that Smith and his colleagues were paid to win and not just play. The Australian underwent tests and has been advised six weeks of rest by the physicians which means he will not only be out of the ongoing BPL but also the Pakistan Super League (PSL) which is due to be played between February and March.

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According to the PCB, Multan Sultans will now seek a replacement for Smith at the Replacement Draft later this month. Picked as a marquee platinum player, it would be a huge hole to fill for the team. That will be followed by an extensive rehabilitation which means Smith is unlikely to return to worldwide cricket immediately after the suspension ends.Smith's year-long suspension from first-class and global cricket for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town last year ends on March 28. He is a part of Rajasthan Royals in the tournament and is expected to lead them once he comes back. Cameron Bancroft, the third cricketer involved in the ball-tampering row, completed his nine-month ban and went on to score a fifty in the Big Bash League.

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