African captain Graeme Smith, has
been withdrawn from the Cape Cobras
squad for the Champions League Twenty20,
tournament starting in India October.
Smith had suffered cramps while batting
against England in their final Champions
Cricket South Africa announced based
on the advice of CSA's medical committee.
Dr Mohammed Moosajee, the national
team manager said, "After much
discussion and deliberation, the Proteas'
management together with the medical
committee of Cricket South Africa
headed by Dr Shuaib Manjra have made
a decision to withdraw Graeme from
the upcoming Champions League in India."
"This decision is based on Graeme's
current upper limb dysfunction,"
Brandon Jackson, team physiotherapist
advices Smith to be away from playing
cricket for the next four to six weeks
in order to get through a very long
"We need to work on strengthening
his muscles around the shoulder area
and continue his post-operation rehab,"
"The elbow operation was 100
percent successful and I am confident
that he will be ready for action by
the start of the England series in
November." Jackson said.
Smith said he was very disappointed
not to be leading the South African
domestic Twenty20 champions in India.
"It is very important for South
African cricket that the two franchises
representing us in India should do
well," Smith said.
"And, like all the national players,
I enjoy playing franchise cricket
whenever national circumstances permit,"
Smith is expected to play for England
series which starts in November