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Steve Smith (AFP Photo)

Steve Smith is set to undergo an elbow surgery that could see him in a brace for six weeks. The former Australia captain will go under the knife to repair a ligament in his right elbow.

Smith picked up the injury while turning out for Comilla Victorians in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and as per several reports, the time of his rehabilitation and return to full fitness will be clearer only after the brace is removed.

Smith scored 16 and zero in his two BPL appearances and left for Australia for scan on his elbow.

The injury setback comes three months ahead of the time when his year-long ball tampering ban ends. The 29-year-old, alongside the then vice-captain David Warner and opener Cameron Bancroft were banned for their role in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.

While Smith and Warner were each banned for 12 months, Bancroft was banned for nine month which ended in December as he returned to play in Big Bash League (BBL).

Current Australia ODI skipper Aaron Finch had said the duo of Smith and Warner will be welcomed with open arms once they have served their respective bans imposed by Cricket Australia last year. “When Davey and Steve are ready to be allowed to come back and play cricket for Australia and their states I think from my point of view, they’ll be welcomed back with open arms,” Finch was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “Whatever’s happened, has happened. 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.”