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Graeme Smith to undergo ankle surgery

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April 1, 2012

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Graeme Smith's left ankle had been troubling him with chronic pain over the previous two months © Getty Images
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Graeme Smith, South Africa's Test captain, will undergo surgery on his left ankle that has been troubling him with chronic pain over the previous two months. The decision was arrived at after consultation with Cricket South Africa's ankle specialist, who detected an impingement syndrome of the ankle, South Africa team manager Mohammad Moosajee said.

"Graeme went to see CSA's ankle specialist in Cape Town on Friday and he confirmed that the best management of the chronic pain in his ankle is surgery," Moosajee said in a CSA release. "The recovery period after such a surgery usually takes eight to ten weeks, and he will subsequently not be able to represent Pune Warriors at the 2012 edition of the Indian Premier League in India."

The surgery will be performed next Tuesday, to allow Smith enough time to make a full recovery in time for South Africa's tour of England in July. "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," Smith said.

"I'm very disappointed to be missing out on the IPL this year. I was looking forward to my second season with Pune Warriors, especially after my knee set me back last season."

Smith had played four games in the 2011 IPL, before an injury to his right knee - picked up during a collision with his team-mate Rahul Sharma while fielding against the now defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala franchise - ruled him out. He eventually underwent surgery on the knee last July.

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Posted by   on (April 2, 2012, 21:05 GMT)

injury to SMITH gives TAMIM a big chance to feature in most of the matches now . I would say the ideal replacement for SMITH would be one of the three - Kevin O Brien , Darren Sammy or Devendra Bishoo !

Posted by   on (April 2, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

One of the boring 20/20 players better get ready for the england series rather than wasting your time in ipl - anyway you will struggel to be in the final 11 of pune since 4 overseas players allowed

Posted by Akhenaten on (April 2, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

Its time for Dwayne Smith

Posted by Sano27 on (April 2, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

its not gonna be big blow for the Pune as they got Ryder & also Tamim in the squad to open the innings....Smith never gonna be crucial part in the T20 format except in the first season with Rajasthan Royals....

Posted by   on (April 2, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

i think sammy is the best option for us

Posted by CriticallyCricket on (April 2, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

Get Well Soon!

Want to see you in England later this year against some of your ex-countrymen!

Posted by satish619chandar on (April 2, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

Smith never had a full IPL season except for the first one.. One thing Pune will miss is his experience.. Anyway, they got Dada and Clarke who were and is a good cricketing brain.. They wouldn't make the missing of Smith a big one.. @Guys who say he put country before money, no player ever put money over country by playing thru injury.. Might be, they played with niggle but no franchise will allow a player to play with big injury.. It is a loss for both franchise as well the player..

Posted by   on (April 2, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

I agree with niks_glance..Pune shud go for Dwayne Smith or Guptill or Kevin o brien.

Good that smith is not playing..He was anyways not a part of playing 11 for Pune.

Posted by yoohoo on (April 2, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

@Tony Hughes - I guess you are living in some illusion. All the tickets for most of the major franchises are sold out here!! No tickets available for CSK or MI home games. Pune's are going pretty fast too (I am in pune). Others are doing quite well too, and this year the television ratings are expected to be higher than last year. Just because you don't watch them, doesn't mean nobody else does.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

Better Pune warriors should not pay him the contract because he missed pune warrior ipl twice last year and this year.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (April 2, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

GRAEME SMITH, take a bow. What a man, putting his country first before greed and money. How many other players wouldve done that? Sacrificed lucrative earnings in IPL to recover from surgery - to recover for the big series between Eng vs SA.

T20 cricket is for women and children. Test cricket rules!

Posted by anshu.s on (April 2, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

Full marks to you @cpt.meanster for stating the facts.I first thought that all the oppossition to IPL was based on the nature of 20-20 cricket or peceived obscene entertainment on show,but i thing as you put it there is a paranoia among people that cricket will go the football way i.e that club structure will take over it,but i have not read any reports that indicate that franchises want to take over ICC n take over all 3 forms of game.I have said it before n i wld say it now that 50 days of club cricket wont derail international cricket.When cricket has become big business fruits of it cannot be monapalised by only 14-15 players selected for the country,lagresse is large enough for a larger pool to benefit hence all these professional leagues which provide employment to those who cannot play for the country.Coming back to the original question Greame Smith is not a good 20-20 player anyway.

Posted by dr.a.prakash on (April 2, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

Good decision. hope he gets well soon.

Posted by unlocker on (April 2, 2012, 5:29 GMT)

no problem .now tamim will be open the bat

Posted by jonesy2 on (April 2, 2012, 4:40 GMT)

not a big blow at all. smith shouldnt be involved in any 20twenty cricket. although whats strange is that i would be saying the same thing about the man who will replace him in michael, i dont really think michael should be playing IPL but i guess the aussies have a long time off after the windies

Posted by JustOUT on (April 2, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

Its a blessing in disguise for Smith to be not part of this useless IPL crickets. Being under Kirsten, both will plan accordingly to get ready for the real cricket in England in July. In worst, there might another 2 or 3 editions of IPL, already it has lost its viewership in India and slowly it will also lose its credibility as a tournament. Smith has to prepare for Strauss's farewell. haha

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (April 2, 2012, 1:28 GMT)

@Tony Hughes: The IPL imploding ? I don't think so. With the BCCI's power and the ever growing Indian economy, the IPL should be renamed Eternity Premier League. When it was launched in 2008 nobody knew what to expect. Since then it has surpassed every imagination and trampled many critics. Whether some people like it or not, it's becoming a mature and quality T20 league with all the right mix of flavors. If international cricket feels threatened by the IPL then that goes to show the league has created unnecessary paranoia in some people. The IPL is here to stay. It only takes up a month and half on the cricket calendar. So no harm in that. I think Graeme had no choice but take the surgery. Also, Pune wouldn't want an injured guy anyway.

Posted by niks_glance on (April 1, 2012, 22:27 GMT)

i think pune should go far Dwayne smith for injured graeme smith....he is a hard hitting batsmen and a decent bowler...and smith has to withdraw due to south African board....if it would have been his will...he would have played....other boards are always cautious while sending there player to other countries league..if it would have been "south African premiere league"...smith would have been asked to nothing extraordinary done by smith.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2012, 21:58 GMT)

IPL will always be a second choice. Sure it shone pretty bright in 2008 and when it was held in RSA but these days, it's nothing special. Wait until the salaries strat decreasing and the whole thing will implode. Props to Graeme for making the tour to England - probably his last - his priority.

Posted by riprock on (April 1, 2012, 20:21 GMT)

Pune have too many foreign players. This injury in a way makes is easier for them to pick 4! With Ryder and Tamim opening.. And with Uthappa, Dada and Manish Pandey to follow.. They can probably pick Luke Wright and Angelo Mathews.. With Rahul Sharma, Murali Karthik, Dinda and Nehra as bowlers!

Posted by   on (April 1, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

This Gives Pune Warriors a perfect opportunity to capitalize on and bring in hard hitting batsman Martin Guptill into the side, and im sure he and Jessi Ryder would make and tremendous opening pair.

Posted by rspsolo on (April 1, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

big blow..BUT think Positively thay having two many opening batsmans... so now good time to recurit massive middle order batsman., or good aggressive finisher..., kevin o brien. darren sammy. dwane smith, morn van wyk(wk) $cover drive continuous$

Posted by Afrodizzy on (April 1, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

Blessing for Smith. IPL has lost it (if it ever had it)

Posted by   on (April 1, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

PWI go for martin guptill or P.forrest

Posted by playitstraight on (April 1, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

Viru, Gauti and Sachin could learn a thing from him! Country ahead of IPL!

Posted by Don_Simon on (April 1, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

Is Smith out of his mind? Should have played the IPL and do the surgery afterwards. Sehwag and Gambir must be laughing their pants out about this idiocy !!

Posted by   on (April 1, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

@crikbuff... dude the foreign players have to miss ipl if injured coz they need noc from their boards which won't be granted... so nothing extraordinary by smith... The big example has been shown by owr very own ishant sharma...

Posted by   on (April 1, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

Pune should sign kevin o'brien/guptill/paul stirling...

Posted by crikbuff on (April 1, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

Hats off to Graeme Smith. He has shown the way by putting country and test commitments ahead of IPL. And last year, we had the examples of Virender sehwag and Gautam Gambhir who played IPL despite injuries, then missed the West Indies tour, and went on to embarrass themselves on the England tour!

Posted by   on (April 1, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

PWI should sign one of Samit Patel, Craig Keiswetter, Ravi Bopara, Martin Guptil,Farvez Maharoof

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (April 1, 2012, 16:08 GMT)


Posted by   on (April 1, 2012, 16:03 GMT)

at least someone still has the sense to put his country ahead of IPL these days....

Posted by B.C.G on (April 1, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

Strauss beware;Smith is gonna make it 3/3.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

Amazing how many injuries Smith has had and how he manages to fit all his recovery time in between test matches.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

It is at these kind of times that BCCI should step into action. PWI have paid good money for Smith, and it is unfair on them to keep on footing the bill, if they cannot get their services. BCCI should allow PWI to get a replacement. It's business after all.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

bessing for pune this guy has lost it

Posted by adarshsm on (April 1, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

they should sign some irish player as replacement

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