South African Captain, Graeme Smith, has opted not to play in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), in order to have surgery to repair his ankle.
Smith, currently aged 31, has been troubled by his ankle for the past two months, made the tough decision not to participate in the IPL, so that he will be fully prepared for South Africa’s upcoming tour of England.
“My ankle has been troubling me for some time so it will be a relief to have it repaired, especially looking ahead to the crucial year of cricket ahead,” he said.
According to Cricket South Africa (CSA), the surgery would require Smith to be out of action for eight to 10 weeks.
Smith, who is part of the Pune Warriors roster, was forced to cut last year’s IPL short as well, due to a knee injury he sustained, and even missed the Champions League at the end of that year, in order to surgically repair it.
South Africa’s tour of England is a big talking point amongst the cricketing community, as England are under pressure to lose their world number one Test team ranking to the Proteas.
After facing England, South Africa, will face another grueling challenge, when they go to Australia at the end of this year.
Smith, is currently approaching two major milestones in his career, as he is gearing up to play his 100th Test in the tour of England, while also being on course to match Australian Allan Border’s record of 93 Tests as Captain, during the course of the tour as well.
With Smith opting not to play in the IPL, all South African fans, will be hoping that he makes a full recovery in time for the England tour, so that their nation can top the International Cricket Council’s(ICC) rankings as the top Test team.