Steve Smith to have surgery on elbow injury

Australian captain Tim Paine has also indicated that Smith will be welcomed back with open arms

Australian captain Tim Paine has also indicated that Smith will be welcomed back with open arms

It means that even if Smith had been fit to play the PSL, he would have missed the final league-stage fixture against the Lahore Qalanders in Lahore besides the playoffs and the final provided his team goes that far.

Former Australian captain Steve Smith will undergo surgery for an elbow injury, Cricket Australia said Saturday, in a move likely to have implications for his return to the worldwide game with less than three months left on his ban for bringing the game into disrepute.

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Cricket Australia on Saturday confirmed that the 28-year-old will undergo surgery on Tuesday next week for a damaged ligament in the elbow, which will require him to wear a brace for six weeks, before starting off his rehabilitation process.

Australian batsman Steve Smith, who was to play for Multan Sultans in the upcoming edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL), has reportedly suffered an elbow injury due to which he will no longer be available to represent the PSL franchise.

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Smith is serving a suspension from state and global cricket for his role in the ball-tampering scandal against South Africa previous year. He had an MRI test here but the result was not very clear. His ban is scheduled to get over in March but it remains to be seen how soon he can return to competitive cricket after his surgery. 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. Named the skipper of the Comilla Victorians, Smith failed to produce substantial scores in the two matches he played.

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