Johannesburg: South Africa's Test captain Graeme Smith will miss the fifth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) to have surgery to fix a chronic ankle injury and ensure he is fully fit for his team's tour of England. The announcement came after a consultation with Cricket South Africa's (CSA) ankle specialist, who detected an impingement syndrome of the ankle, Mohammad Moosajee, South Africa's team manager, 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 India in [the] IPL 5".
Smith's participation in the IPL 4, his first season for Pune, was curtailed due to a knee injury and he also missed the Champions League at the end of 2011 to have surgery on that knee.
"I'm very disappointed to be missing out on the IPL this year. I was looking forward to my second season with Pune, especially after my knee set me back last season. 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.
South Africa's Test series in England is highly anticipated as a top-of-the-rankings contest. England are the current top-ranked team ahead of South Africa.