Australia’s right-handed batsman and a member of Multan Sultans, Steve Smith has been ruled out of the upcoming season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) following an elbow injury.
Smith got his elbow injury during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in which he was representing Comilla Victorians. He will now undergo surgery.
According to the Cricket Australia (CA), Smith will take a six-week rest after going through surgery and afterward will complete the rehabilitation process to get completely fit to resume cricket activities once again.
“I wish Multan Sultans very good luck for the tournament and hopes that they will the title,” he said. “I was really excited to appear in the PSL 4 and help my team win the trophy but unfortunately I got an injury,” Smith added.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that PSL’s audience will miss Smith as he was expected to add some more entertainment in the league. “Hopefully, Smith will be available for PSL in future,” said a PCB’s spokesman.
Now Multan Sultans will pick Smith’s replacement in the Replacement Draft later this month. The date for replacement draft will be announced in due course.
It merits mentioning here that the fourth edition of the PSL will start from February 14 with a glittering opening ceremony at the Dubai International Stadium. The tournament’s last eight matches including the Grand Finale on March 17 will take place in Pakistan.