Smith leaves BPL with elbow injury
Former Australia captain Steve Smith has dropped out of Bangladesh Premier League due to an elbow injury after playing just two matches, his franchise Comilla Victorians said Thursday.
"Smith has suffered an elbow injury. We are not sure how he picked it up, but the last two days he could not bat in training due to the problem," said Victorians' head coach Mohammad Salahuddin.
"He had an MRI test here but the result was not very clear. He sent the report to Australian physicians who advised him to return home immediately," he added.
Smith, who was leading Comilla in the tournament, scored just 13 runs in his two matches, including a duck in the last match, in which his team was dismissed for a lowly 63 runs.
Salahuddin said he expected Smith to return to the league once he had recovered from the injury.
Comilla signed Smith initially as a back-up to Pakistan's Shoaib Malik but later added him to the squad following clearance from the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
The BCB had initially blocked his participation after other franchises raised objections as Smith was not included in the initial players' draft list for the tournament.