South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith will be forced to miss the coming 5th season of the Indian Premier League as he has to suffer surgery on his left ankle. Smith plays for Pune Warriors team
I'm very upset to be missing out on the IPL this year. I was look forward to my 2nd season IPL Pune Warriors, especially after my knees set me back last season, Smith was quoted as saying by media. Smith was unable to play the full season of IPL last year (2011) as well. He was able to play only 4 matches in IPL-4 as he injured his right knee after collide with his team-mate Rahul Sharma in a match against the now defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala; Smith afterward had to have surgery for that injury.
The decision to have the surgery was full after consulting with Cricket South Africa's ankle expert, who detected an impingement syndrome of the ankle, South Africa team manager Mohammad Moosajee said. The recovery period after such a surgery usually takes 8 to 10weeks, and he will afterward not be able to represent Pune Warriors at the 2012 edition of the IPL in India, Moosajee said in a CSA release. The surgery will be perform next Tuesday, which we will give Smith enough time to return to full condition in time for South Africa's tour of England in July. Smith said the ankle had been worrying him for a while, adding it will be a aid to have it repaired.
Smith recently led Mohammad Moosajee to a series win in New Zealand last month where he scored 282 runs with a highest score of 115 in the 3-Test series at an average of 56.40.Smith is on the verge of 2 career landmarks: he's set to play his 100th Test in the series-opener in England and is on route to match Australian Allan Border's record of 93 Tests as captain during the tour. He also needs only 6 match more wins to reach the world-record for most Test victory as captain.