Steve Smith will be undergoing surgery on his elbow that suffered an injury during the ongoing edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
The right-hander, who could only play two games for Comilla Victorians, desperately wants to repair a ligament in his right elbow on Tuesday, January 15 especially with only three months left in his year-long Cricket Australia (CA) imposed ban.
The former skipper is further expected to wear a brace for six weeks, which will then be followed by extensive rehabilitation. This setback comes for Australia with only six months left before the ICC Cricket World Cup in England and later the away Ashes campaign.
On Saturday, January 12, a spokesperson confirmed that Smith's return to the national side will only be made clearer once the brace is removed.
Importance of the skill and overall ability that Smith brings can be gauged by the fact that earlier limited overs captain Aaron Finch said that he, along with David Warner, will be welcomed back in the dressing room with open arms despite the whole ball-tampering saga.
"When Davey and Steve are ready to make their - be allowed to come back and play cricket for Australia and their states - from my point of view they'll be welcomed back with open arms. Whatever's happened, has happened," Finch was quoted saying by cricket.com.au
"The punishment has been dealt. They've been working really hard off the field to meet every criteria, and go above and beyond everything that has been asked of them, to come back and play international cricket again."