Johannesburg, Apr 2: South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith is unlikely to play the fifth edition of Indian Premier League as he is planning to undergo a surgery for a chronic ankle injury immediately to ensure that he is fully fit for the South Africa's tour of England.
Smith who is suffering from an ankle injury from the past two months, might need 10 weeks to recover after the surgery, said Cricket South Africa on Sunday.
With ten weeks needed to recover, left handed opening batsman wil not be able to play for Pune Warriors in IPL 5, which begins on April 4. Smith had missed IPL 4 and Champions League in the year 2011 due to a knee injury.
The 31 year old cricketer, is scheduled to undergo an ankle operation on Tuesday so that he can recover in time for the three Test series against England in July.
"My ankle has been troubling me for some time so it will be a relief to have it repaired, especially looking ahead to the crucial year of cricket ahead," Smith said.
Smith is all set to play his 100th Test in the series opener against England while he is on course to match Australian Allan Border's record of 93 Tests as captain during South Africa's tour to England in July 2012.