Cricket Australia (CA) is working with the IPL team Rajasthan Royals (RR) to ensure Steven Smith is completely fine before beginning his journey for the Rajasthan franchise (RR) in the IPL 2020.
Australian cricketer Steven Smith and 20 other players, who were busy in the limited-overs series during recently-concluded Australia tour of England 2020, landed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on last Thursday (17th September) to participate in the IPL 2020 which will begin on this Saturday (19th September) evening.
Well, all these cricketers are undergoing the shortened 36-hour quarantine period before beginning their cricket activities.
On the other hand, the 31-year-old Australian cricketer Steven Smith missed out the entire three-match ODI series against the hosts England due to his head injury, which he suffered during the practice session just before the beginning of that away ODI series.
Though he later passed multiple concussion tests, the team management finally decided to not include him in both the playing XIs during the last two ODIs against the hosts England due to not feeling 100 per cent confident on his fitness.
Smith will lead the Rajasthan Royals team in the IPL 2020. So, he is a very important cricketer of this franchise team. Rajasthan Royals will begin their journey in the new IPL season on Tuesday (22nd September) evening with the match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Sharjah Cricket Stadium (Sharjah).
However, the CA has confirmed that they will not take any risk on Smith as they will continue to follow the strict protocols on the matter of head injuries.
Alex Kountouris, the head of sports science in CA, told News Corp, “Cricket Australia has strict protocols when it comes to head impacts and concussions and, as we’ve seen over the last 12 months, we’re not willing to compromise on those.”
Steven Smith is making progress: CA’s head of sports science Alex Kountouris
Kountouris has clarified that Smith is making progress to make himself available for the game as soon as possible. The CA are continuing their work on Smith with his IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals to make sure he has no problem before starting his journey in the IPL 2020.
Kountouris claimed, “Steve is making progress and working with our medical team through the concussion protocols required to return to play. Unfortunately, he was not ready to play the final ODI against England. We are working collaboratively with his IPL franchise on his return to play from here once he arrives in the UAE.”
To clarify their stance on this matter, Kountouris further added, “The conservative management of Steve through this injury is consistent with our approach to put the player’s welfare first, as we did with him during the Ashes last year. We place the welfare of the player before the game because we strongly believe that is what’s best for the player.”