Elbow surgery could disrupt Steve Smith’s World Cup plans

  • Elbow surgery could disrupt Steve Smith’s World Cup plans

Elbow surgery could disrupt Steve Smith’s World Cup plans

He likes to let people know that he is a supporter of county cricket, a fact his colleagues will testify to and bemoan in equal quantities.

Steve Smith's immediate return to global cricket post ban has been put on hold with the former captain set to go under the knife to fix a sore elbow which has forced him to return home from the Bangladesh Premier League.Smith will undergo surgery to repair a ligament in his right elbow and is expected to wear a brace for six weeks.

However, a surgery could mean several months on the sidelines, derailing his return to global cricket once the suspension duration is complete.

"Steve Smith will have surgery to fix a ligament in his right elbow", said a Cricket Australia spokesperson.

He has been playing worldwide tournaments around the world as his ban only applies in Australia, where he has been taking part in club cricket. Then, he will have to wear a brace for six weeks and undergo extensive rehabilitation. A CA spokesperson mentioned that his return to the pitch would be made clearer once the brace gets removed. Although it is too early to predict a return date for Smith, an immediate surgery would give him a few months' time ahead of the World Cup.

Steve Smith was banned for 12 months.

The setback has come with less than six months remaining for the start of the World Cup tournament in England.