Smith to leave tour

Graeme Smith was ruled out of the remainder of South Africa's limited-overs series against Pakistan with post-concussion syndrome following delayed symptoms of blurred vision and dizziness a week after he was hit on the head by a bouncer. The opening batsman and test captain was hit on the right temple by a bouncer from giant Pakistan seamer Mohammed Irfan while making a double century on day two of the second test on Oct. 24, Cricket South Africa said.

Although he showed no signs of problems apart from a mild headache soon after the blow on his helmet, he started experiencing symptoms in the second one-day international on Friday, a week later. "Tests at the time allowed him to continue playing," South Africa manager and team doctor Mohammed Moosajee said in a statement. "However ... post-injury during the second ODI in Dubai he started complaining of blurred vision which progressed to dizziness, unsteadiness on his feet and difficulty focusing."

Smith will leave the tour and has been advised to rest for at least two weeks, and will "continuously be monitored," Moosajee said. Moosajee said Smith had also been for a brain scan, which was clear, but it was still decided he should be withdrawn from the remaining three ODIs and two Twenty20s on South Africa's tour to the United Arab Emirates. The team doctor described post-concussion syndrome as "a collection of symptoms that some people develop after they have experienced a minor traumatic brain injury otherwise known as concussion.