Smith the lat­est big name to bow out of the IPL

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Australia cap­tain Steven Smith has be­come the lat­est star player to be ruled out of the IPL af­ter suf­fer­ing a wrist in­jury.

The news comes as a big blow to Ris­ing Pune Su­per­giants who had al­ready lost Kevin Pi­etersen, Faf du Plessis and Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh to in­juries.

“Steve has been strug­gling with pain in his right wrist for the last week dur­ing his stint in the IPL,” said Australia’s sports science and sports medicine man­ager Alex Koun­touris. “We have been work­ing with his IPL fran­chise Pune to mon­i­tor this, and un­for­tu­nately it has not re­solved. “As such, he will re­turn home from In­dia for fur­ther as­sess­ment and treat­ment ahead of the tour of the West Indies.

“From the in­for­ma­tion we have so far, this doesn’t ap­pear to be a se­ri­ous in­jury but we are keen to give him the time to re­cover and re­ha­bil­i­tate be­fore head­ing to the West Indies at the end of May.”

Smith had looked in good form with the bat, bring­ing up his maiden T20 cen­tury against Guj Lions last week.

Australia bats­man Us­man Khawaja will join the Su­per­giants who have won just two of eight games.

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