Smith's international return hits a roadblock

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13 Jan 2019

Steve Smith set to undergo surgery, return could be delayed

Australian cricketer Steve Smith was handed a fresh blow as he prepares his comeback to the national team after being handed a 12-month ban by Cricket Australia, last year.

Smith, whose ban is set to end in March, had played two matches in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2019, before he sustained an injury.

He is now set to undergo an elbow surgery.

Smith surgery

Smith to wear brace for six weeks

Smith to wear brace for six weeks

The Aussie star will undergo surgery to repair a ligament in his right elbow on Tuesday, January 15.

Smith is then expected to wear a brace for a period of six weeks.

Further, there will be an extensive rehabilitation program once the brace is removed.

Smith returned home from Bangladesh to undergo scans on his elbow.

Smith IPL

Will he feature in the IPL 2019?

The right-handed batsman's return to the game will become clear once the brace is removed.

His ban is set to end on March 28, 2019.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 season starts on March 23.

Therefore, it could be difficult for him to play in the T20 league, if he fails to recover.

He has a small window of opportunity.

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World Cup 2019

Smith's World Cup participation in doubt as well

Smith's World Cup participation in doubt as well

Smith's World Cup participation is also in doubt.

Cricket Australia had stated earlier that Smith will be in the reckoning for the national team, if he performs well in the BPL and IPL.

Smith scored 16 and 0 for his side Comilla Victorians in the BPL.

It's a race against time now as far as featuring in the IPL is concerned.

Ball-tampering

Smith was banned for a ball-tampering scandal

Smith was banned last year for his involvement in a ball-tampering scandal in the Test series against South Africa.

Smith, alongside David Warner, was handed a 12-month ban.

Cameron Bancroft was axed for nine months.

Bancroft completed his ban at the end of last month.

The ban saw the players not being able to play for Australia and domestic cricket in the country.

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What has happened to Steve Smith?

Asked 2019-01-13 00:10:46 by Divya Mehra

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Steve Smith is set to undergo an elbow surgery on Tuesday.

What will happen post the surgery?

Asked 2019-01-13 00:10:46 by Vivaan Sarin

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Smith will be on a brace for a six-week period and then he has to undergo rehab.

Will Smith feature in IPL and the World Cup?

Asked 2019-01-13 00:10:46 by Ridhi Rao

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It will be difficult for him to make a come back in time for the IPL. With CA asking the player to be among the runs in both BPL and IPL to be reckoned for the World Cup, time is running out for the 29-year-old.

When does Smith's ban for ball-tampering scandal end?

Asked 2019-01-13 00:10:46 by Shaurya Chavan

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His ban or ball-tampering scandal ends on March 28, 2019.

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