BCCI and franchises gear up for the second half of the 14th season of IPL. Incidentally, Twenty20 World Cup is also being held in the UAE. It is certain that foreign players will play. However, the Delhi Capitals team’s star Australian player, Steve Smith, is doubtful to play in the second half of IPL. Smith is suffering from an elbow injury and made it clear he will not even play in the Twenty20 World Cup if he does not recover.
Smith said, “It will take time to achieve fitness, since I am recovering from an injury." The chief reason perhaps why Smith chose not to participate in IPL or Twenty20 is because of Ashes Series. There’s tremendous importance the England and Australian players' place on the Ashes series. Smith said that his main goal for the series was to achieve full fitness as he wanted to excel in the Ashes series like the last season. He recalled how he was not completely fit during IPL 2021 and batted with pain killers.
Although he likes to play T20 format, he says he prefers Test cricket. That's why Smith said that he was looking forward to the Ashes series rather than the IPL and the Twenty20 World Cup. The World No. 2 batsman has excelled in the last three Ashes series. He scored 1969 runs in 14 matches at an average of 93.76. It has 8 centuries.
Smith has made it clear that he will miss the Twenty20 World Cup if needed for the Ashes series. It is unlikely that the IPL will be played in this context. According to him, the chances of staying away from the second phase of the IPL are high.
Smith, who played 5 matches for Delhi Capitals for the first time, scored only 104 runs. The Delhi Capitals team would be in trouble if a star player like Smith goes missing from the team.