Smith leaves BPL with injury

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jan 11,2019

 
 

Comilla Victorians’ Australian captain Steve Smith (L) leaves the ground after a training session at the National Cricket Academy Ground in Mirpur on Thursday. — BCB photo

Australian batsman Steve Smith left Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 tournament with an elbow injury just after playing two matches, his franchise Comilla Victorians said on Thursday.
‘Smith is suffering from an elbow injury. We are not sure how he picked it up but last two days he could not bat in training due to his problem,’ Victorians’ head coach Mohammad Salahuddin told New
Age.
‘He had an MRI test here but the result did not come very clear. He sent the report to the Australian physicians, who had advice him to go back home immediately,’ he said.
Smith, who was leading Comilla in the tournament, scored just 16 runs in his two matches, including a duck in the last match in which his team
was dismissed for just 63 runs.
Salahuddin said if Smith felt alright he might come back to play a few more matches. He was scheduled to leave Dhaka at 10pm local time.
Smith is currently serving a one-year ban from international cricket and Australia’s domestic Sheffield Shield and Big Bash League over a ball-tampering scandal last year.
Comilla signed Smith initially as a backup for Pakistani player Shoaib Malik, who is also expected to leave after the first phase of the tournament.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board had initially blocked his participation after other franchises raised objections about Smith, who was not in the initial players’ draft list for the tournament.
But the other franchises later lifted their objection, paving the way for BCB to clear Smith.
It prompted Comilla to add him to the squad from the start of the tournament and give him the
captaincy.
His departure came as a blow for the team which stuttered to knock off a target of 128 runs in their first match against Sylhet Sixers before being thrashed by Rangpur Riders by nine wickets.
Comilla will play against Rajshahi Kings in their third match in Mirpur today. It was not clear who would lead the side in the absence of Smith.

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