September 3, 2018 / 3:37 AM / a year ago

Cricket: Banned Smith's Caribbean voyage ends with abdominal strain

Steve Smith plays during his game at the GT20 Cricket Tournament in King City, Ontario, Canada, June 28, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Banned former Australia captain Steve Smith is cutting short his time with the Caribbean Premier League’s Barbados Tridents and heading home after suffering an abdominal tear.

Smith, serving a 12-month ban from international cricket for his part in the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal, missed the Tridents’ defeat to the St Lucia Stars and would play no further part in the Twenty20 tournament, his team said.

“He had a slight tear and he had to go back, so it’s a really unfortunate situation,” Tridents captain Robin Singh said.

The injury is not expected to prevent Smith returning to domestic cricket later this month.

Although banned from playing for his home state New South Wales, Smith is scheduled to turn out for his Sydney club side Sutherland on Sept. 22, Cricket Australia’s website said.

Signed as a replacement for Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan, Smith scored 185 runs in seven innings for the Tridents and claimed three wickets.

His ban ends in March 2019 but he will be suspended from leadership roles for a further 12 months.

Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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