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Elbow injury forces Smith to return home



Former Australian captain Steve Smith will be unavailable for a short time after suffering an elbow injury while playing in the Twenty20 tournament in the Bangladesh Premier League.

Smith will return to Australia for more medical treatment on his elbow, his BPL franchise Comilla Victorians announced.

"Smith suffered an elbow injury. We're not sure how he picked it up, but in the last two days he could not beat in training because of the problem," said Victorian coach Mohammad Salahuddin AFP.

"He did an MRI test here but the result was not very clear, he sent the report to the Australian doctors who advised him to go home immediately."

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Smith, who led Comilla in the tournament, scored only 1

3 runs in his two games, including a duck in the last game, where his team is been expelled for a limited number of 63 runs.

Salahuddin said he expected Smith to return championship once he had recovered from injury.

Comilla signed Smith initially as a support for the Shoaib Malik of Pakistan, but later added him to the Squad who obtained permission from Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).

The BCB had initially blocked its participation after other deductibles had raised objections since Smith was not included in the initial draft list of the tournament.

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Smith is serving a one-year ban on international cricket and JLT Sheffield Shield and the KFC Big Bash League in Australia for a ball tampering scandal last year.

His former deputy David Warner, who is serving a similar ban on his role in the scandal, is also playing in the BPL, captaining the Sylhet Sixers franchise.

The great South African player AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle of the West Indies and the British Alex Hales are among the other international stars played in the lucrative Twenty20 league of Bangladesh.


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